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The potential for genetic adaptations to language

Pagel, M. ORCID: and Atkinson, Q. D. (2008) The potential for genetic adaptations to language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31 (5). 529-+. ISSN 0140-525X

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We suggest there is somewhat more potential than Christiansen & Chater (C&C) allow for genetic adaptations specific to language. Our uniquely cooperative social system requires sophisticated language skills. Learning and performance of some culturally transmitted elements in animals is genetically based, and we give examples of features of human language that evolve slowly enough that genetic adaptations to them may arise.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Life Sciences > School of Biological Sciences
ID Code:9868
Uncontrolled Keywords:HISTORY

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