The Emergence of Language

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This paper argues that the faculty of language comes essentially for free in evolutionary terms, grace of a capacity shared with some evolutionarily quite distantly related animals for deliberatively planning action in the world. The reason humans have language of a kind that animals do not, is because of a qualitative difference in the nature of human plans, rather than anything unique to language.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)579-590
Number of pages18
JournalMind and Language
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 14 Nov 2017

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