Self domestication and the evolution of language

  title={Self domestication and the evolution of language},
  author={James Thomas and Simon Kirby},
  booktitle={Biology & philosophy},
We set out an account of how self-domestication plays a crucial role in the evolution of language. In doing so, we focus on the growing body of work that treats language structure as emerging from the process of cultural transmission. We argue that a full recognition of the importance of cultural transmission fundamentally changes the kind of questions we should be asking regarding the biological basis of language structure. If we think of language structure as reflecting an accumulated set of… CONTINUE READING
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