David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
Learn more about PhilPapers
Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):301-311 (2006)
Language, like other human traits, could only have evolved during one or more stages of development. We enlist the theoretical framework of human life history to account for certain aspects of linguistic evolution, with special reference to initial phases in the process. It is hypothesized that selection operated at several developmental stages, the earlier ones producing new behaviors that were reinforced by additional, and possibly more powerful, forms of selection during later stages, especially adolescence and early adulthood. Peer commentaries have provided opportunities to explain human life history more comprehensively, and to add details to our account of spoken language. We made no attempt to explain syntax in the target article, but we propose here that selection for “vocal plumage” may have increased our species’ capacity for utterance complexity, a development that would have benefited all levels of language.
|Keywords||No keywords specified (fix it)|
|Categories||categorize this paper)|
Setup an account with your affiliations in order to access resources via your University's proxy server
Configure custom proxy (use this if your affiliation does not provide a proxy)
|Through your library|
References found in this work BETA
No references found.
Citations of this work BETA
No citations found.
Similar books and articles
Laureano Castro, Alfonso Medina & Miguel A. Toro (2004). Hominid Cultural Transmission and the Evolution of Language. Biology and Philosophy 19 (5):721-737.
Sonia Ragir & Patricia J. Brooks (2006). Language and Life History: Not a New Perspective. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):296-297.
Michael Lamport Commons & Sara Nora Ross (2008). The Hierarchical Complexity View of Evolution and History. World Futures 64 (5 - 7):399 – 405.
Derek Bickerton (2006). Language Use, Not Language, is What Develops in Childhood and Adolescence. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):280-281.
D. Kimbrough Oller & Ulrike Griebel (2006). How the Language Capacity Was Naturally Selected: Altriciality and Long Immaturity. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):293-294.
Barbara J. King (2006). Apes, Humans, and M. C. Escher: Uniqueness and Continuity in the Evolution of Language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):289-290.
Jason Tipton (2011). Borrowed Plumes: Mimetic Powers and the Polymorphism of Humans. Biology and Philosophy 26 (6):837-856.
David B. Resnik (1992). Discussion: Leo Buss's the Evolution of Individuality. Biology and Philosophy 7 (4):453-460.
Catherine Driscoll (2009). Grandmothers, Hunters and Human Life History. Biology and Philosophy 24 (5):665-686.
John L. Locke & Barry Bogin (2006). Language and Life History: A New Perspective on the Development and Evolution of Human Language. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):259-280.
Added to index2009-01-28
Total downloads10 ( #170,909 of 1,692,452 )
Recent downloads (6 months)1 ( #184,284 of 1,692,452 )
How can I increase my downloads?