Rethinking the language bottleneck: why don't animals learn to communicate?

@inproceedings{Oliphant2002RethinkingTL,
  title={Rethinking the language bottleneck: why don't animals learn to communicate?},
  author={Michael Oliphant},
  year={2002}
}
While most work on the evolution of language has been centered on the evolution of syntax, my focus in this paper is instead on more basic features that separate human communication from the systems of communication used by other animals. In particular, I argue that human language is the only existing system of learned arbitrary reference. While innate communication systems are, by definition, directly transmitted genetically, the transmission of a learned learned systems must be indirect… CONTINUE READING

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