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The Resource The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud

The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud

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The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal
Title
The domestication of language
Title remainder
cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Cloud
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eng
Summary
Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them every day. Applying Darwin's theory of "unconscious artificial selection" to the evolution of linguistic conventions, Daniel Cloud suggests a new, evolutionary explanation for the rich, complex, and continually reinvented meanings of our words. The choice of which words to use and in which sense to use them is both a "selection event" and an intentional decision, making Darwin's account of artificial selection a particularly compelling model of the evolution of words. After drawing an analogy between the theory of domestication offered by Darwin and the evolution of human languages and cultures, Cloud applied his analytical framework to the question of what makes humans unique, and how they became that way. He incorporates insights from David Lewis's Convention, Brian Skyrms's Signals, and Kim Sterelny's Evolved Apprentice, all while emphasizing the role of deliberate human choice in teh crafting of language over time. His clever and intuitive model casts humans' cultural and linguistic evolution as an integrated, dynamic process, with results that reach into all corners of our private lives and public character
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EBLCP
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Cloud, Daniel
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no index present
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In English
Literary form
non fiction
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  • Language and languages
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Human evolution
  • Historical linguistics
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES
  • SOCIAL SCIENCE
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Historical linguistics
  • Human evolution
  • Language and languages
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Human evolution
  • Linguistic Theories
  • Linguistics, Communication Studies
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Sprache, Linguistik
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The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud
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online resource
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rdacarrier
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multicolored
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text
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  • txt
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rdacontent
Contents
Table of Contents; 1. Where Do Words Come From?; 2. The Conventions of a Human Language; 3. The Evolution of Signals; 4. Varieties of Biological Information; 5. The Strange Case of the Chimpanzee; 6. The Problem of Maladaptive Culture; 7. The Cumulative Consequences of a Didactic Adaptation; 8. Meaning, Interpretation, and Language Acquisition; 9. What''s Accomplished in Conversation?; 10. Recapitulation and Moral; References; Index
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ocn892800043
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1 online resource (275 pages)
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online
Isbn
9780231538282
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computer
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rdamedia
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  • c
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JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/clou16792
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  • ab6ccaee-daee-478a-bef3-04c003ea88cc
  • 22573/ctt14821f6
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Specific material designation
remote
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(OCoLC)892800043
Label
The domestication of language : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud
Publication
Copyright
Antecedent source
unknown
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
  • cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Color
multicolored
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
Table of Contents; 1. Where Do Words Come From?; 2. The Conventions of a Human Language; 3. The Evolution of Signals; 4. Varieties of Biological Information; 5. The Strange Case of the Chimpanzee; 6. The Problem of Maladaptive Culture; 7. The Cumulative Consequences of a Didactic Adaptation; 8. Meaning, Interpretation, and Language Acquisition; 9. What''s Accomplished in Conversation?; 10. Recapitulation and Moral; References; Index
Control code
ocn892800043
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (275 pages)
File format
unknown
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231538282
Level of compression
unknown
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
  • c
Note
JSTOR
Other control number
10.7312/clou16792
http://library.link/vocab/ext/overdrive/overdriveId
  • ab6ccaee-daee-478a-bef3-04c003ea88cc
  • 22573/ctt14821f6
Quality assurance targets
not applicable
Reformatting quality
unknown
Sound
unknown sound
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
(OCoLC)892800043

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