Towards an evolutionary theory of language

@article{Nowak2001TowardsAE,
  title={Towards an evolutionary theory of language},
  author={M. Nowak and N. Komarova},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2001},
  volume={5},
  pages={288-295}
}
Language is a biological trait that radically changed the performance of one species and the appearance of the planet. Understanding how human language came about is one of the most interesting tasks for evolutionary biology. Here we discuss how natural selection can guide the emergence of some basic features of human language, including arbitrary signs, words, syntactic communication and grammar. We show how natural selection can lead to the duality of patterning of human language: sequences… Expand
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