The brain plus the cultural transmission mechanism determine the nature of language

Kenny Smith, Simon Kirby, Andrew D. M. Smith

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Abstract

We agree that language adapts to the brain, but we note that language also has to adapt to brain-external constraints, such as those arising from properties of the cultural transmission medium. The hypothesis that Christiansen & Chater (C&C) raise in the target article not only has profound consequences for our understanding of language, but also for our understanding of the biological evolution of the language faculty.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)533-+
Number of pages14
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

Keywords

  • EVOLUTION
  • EMERGENCE

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