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The potential for genetic adaptations to language

Abstract:
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.
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10.1017/S0140525X08005207

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University of Reading, UK
Department:
School of Biological Sciences
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Institution:
University of Oxford
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SSD
Department:
SAME
Sub department:
Social & Cultural Anthropology
Oxford college:
Wolfson College
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Pagel, M
Publisher:
Cambridge University Press Publisher's website
Journal:
Behavioural and Brain Sciences Journal website
Volume:
31
Issue:
5
Pages:
529-530
Publication date:
2008-10-01
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1469-1825
ISSN:
0140-525X
Language:
English
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2009-06-04

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