Natural language and natural selection

@inproceedings{Pinker1990NaturalLA,
  title={Natural language and natural selection},
  author={Steven Pinker and Paul R. Bloom},
  year={1990}
}
  • Steven Pinker, Paul R. Bloom
  • Published 1990
  • Psychology
  • Many people have argued that the evolution of the human language faculty cannot be explained by Darwinian natural selection. Chomsky and Gould have suggested that language may have evolved as the by-product of selection for other abilities or as a consequence of as-yet unknown laws of growth and form. Others have argued that a biological specialization for grammar is incompatible with every tenet of Darwinian theory – that it shows no genetic variation, could not exist in any intermediate forms… CONTINUE READING

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