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The Resource The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud

The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud

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The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal
Title
The domestication of language
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cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal
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Daniel Cloud
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eng
Summary
Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them every day. Applying Charles Darwin's theory of "unconscious artificial selection" to the evolution of linguistic conventions, Daniel Cloud suggests a new, evolutionary explanation for the rich, complex, and continually reinvented meanings of our words. The choice of which words to use and in which sense to use them is both a "selection event" and an intentional decision, making Darwin's account of artificial selection a particularly compelling model of the evolution of words. After drawing an analogy between the theory of domestication offered by Darwin and the evolution of human languages and cultures, Cloud applies his analytical framework to the question of what makes humans unique and how they became that way. He incorporates insights from David Lewis's Convention, Brian Skyrms's Signals, and Kim Sterelny's Evolved Apprentice, all while emphasizing the role of deliberate human choice in the crafting of language over time. His clever and intuitive model casts humans' cultural and linguistic evolution as an integrated, dynamic process, with results that reach into all corners of our private lives and public character.--
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Cloud, Daniel
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index present
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non fiction
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  • Language and languages
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Human evolution
  • Historical linguistics
  • Anthropological linguistics
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The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud
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Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-263) and index
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text
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Contents
Where do words come from? -- The conventions of a human language -- The evolution of signals -- Varieties of biological information -- The strange case of the chimpanzee -- The problem of maladaptive culture -- The cumulative consequences of a didactic adaptation -- Meaning, interpretation, and language acquisition -- What's accomplished in conversation -- Recapitulation and moral
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FIEb17679606
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780231167925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • 18130314
  • (OCoLC)879034016
Label
The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud
Publication
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references (pages 251-263) and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Where do words come from? -- The conventions of a human language -- The evolution of signals -- Varieties of biological information -- The strange case of the chimpanzee -- The problem of maladaptive culture -- The cumulative consequences of a didactic adaptation -- Meaning, interpretation, and language acquisition -- What's accomplished in conversation -- Recapitulation and moral
Control code
FIEb17679606
Dimensions
24 cm.
Extent
275 pages
Isbn
9780231167925
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
System control number
  • 18130314
  • (OCoLC)879034016

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