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Cognition and Communication in the Evolution of Language

Anne Reboul


The book offers a new approach to the evolution of language, arguing for a two-step process, syntax first evolving as an auto-organizational process for the human conceptual apparatus (as a Language of Thought), and this language of thought being then externalized for communication, due to social selection pressures. The book first argues that, despite the routine use of language in communication, current use is not a failsafe guide to adaptive history. It points out the many difficulties of accounts that see language as having evolved for communication: its uniqueness among animal communicati ... More

Keywords: language evolution, dual account, Language of Thought, Merge, Minimalism, externalization, argumentation, conceptual apparatus, comparative psychology, self-organization

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198747314
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2017 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198747314.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Reboul, author
Senior Researcher, Institute for Cognitive Sciences-Marc Jeannerod, CNRS and University UCBL-Lyon 1