The Recruitment Theory of Language Origins

@inproceedings{Steels2006TheRT,
  title={The Recruitment Theory of Language Origins},
  author={Luc Steels},
  year={2006}
}
The recruitment theory of language origins argues that language users recruit and try out different strategies for solving the task of communication and retain those that maximise communicative success and cognitive economy. Each strategy requires specific cognitive neural mechanisms, which in themselves serve a wide range of purposes and therefore may have evolved or could be learned independently of language. The application of a strategy has an impact on the properties of the emergent… CONTINUE READING
Highly Cited
This paper has 35 citations. REVIEW CITATIONS

References

Publications referenced by this paper.
Showing 1-10 of 55 references

The Faculty of Language: Whats Special about it? Cognition, in press

S. Pinker
Jackendoff • 2005
View 4 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

Language and Problems of Knowledge

N. Chomsky
1988
View 4 Excerpts
Highly Influenced

The Evolution of the Language Faculty : Clarifications and Implications

J. H. Flavell
Cognition • 2006

Explaining Language Universals: A Case Study on Perspective Marking

L. Steels, M. Loetzsch, B. Bergen
2005
View 1 Excerpt

Language Acquisition, Change and Emergence: Essays in Evolutionary Linguistics

J. W. Minett, Wang, W. S-Y
2005

The Self-Organization of Speech Sounds

Journal of theoretical biology • 2005
View 1 Excerpt

Similar Papers

Loading similar papers…