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Language

  • Patrik LindenforsEmail author
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Abstract

Language is a uniquely human endeavor that both is cultural transmission and enables cultural transmission. The traits in language that animals cannot handle are presented: symbols composed of symbols and grammar (i.e. semantics and syntax ). I also briefly discuss the evolution of language and a theory of my own on language evolution. It is pointed out that language enables a novel replicator : ideas, thoughts, or “memes ”. I discuss why “meme ” may not be such a good word (it sounds like we know what we are talking about when we don’t).

Keywords

Language Evolution Language Ability Cultural Trait Waggle Dance Language Element 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Centre for the Study of Cultural EvolutionStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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