Mind & Society

, Volume 7, Issue 1, pp 35–41 | Cite as

Symposium on “A multi-methodological approach to language evolution”

Introductory article: Studying the evolution of language: a multi-methodological enterprise


This symposium includes a selection of articles on the origins and evolution of language. These are extended version of selected papers presented at “EVOLANG6: The Sixth International Conference on the Evolution of Language” that was held in Rome in April 2006. This selection of papers provides a multi-methodological view of different approaches to, and theoretical explanations of, the evolution of language.


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© Fondazione Rosselli 2008

Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Adaptive Behaviour and Cognition Research Group, School of Computing, Communications and ElectronicsUniversity of PlymouthPlymouthUK

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