A biological infrastructure for communication underlies the cultural evolution of languages

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (5):518-518 (2008)
Abstract
Universal Grammar (UG) is indeed evolutionarily implausible. But if languages are just to a large primate brain, it is hard to see why other primates do not have complex languages. The answer is that humans have evolved a specialized and uniquely human cognitive architecture, whose main function is to compute mappings between arbitrary signals and communicative intentions. This underlies the development of language in the human species
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X08005086
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