The evolutionary dynamics of language

@article{Steels2018TheED,
  title={The evolutionary dynamics of language},
  author={Luc Steels and E{\"o}rs Szathm{\'a}ry},
  journal={Bio Systems},
  year={2018},
  volume={164},
  pages={
          128-137
        }
}
The well-established framework of evolutionary dynamics can be applied to the fascinating open problems how human brains are able to acquire and adapt language and how languages change in a population. Schemas for handling grammatical constructions are the replicating unit. They emerge and multiply with variation in the brains of individuals and undergo selection based on their contribution to needed expressive power, communicative success and the reduction of cognitive effort. Adopting this… CONTINUE READING

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