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Did language evolve in multilingual settings?

Evans, Nicholas


Accounts of language evolution have largely suffered from a monolingual bias, assuming that language evolved in a single isolated community sharing most speech conventions. Rather, evidence from the small-scale societies who form the best simulacra available for ancestral human communities suggests that the combination of small societal scale and out-marriage pushed ancestral human communities to make use of multiple linguistic systems. Evolutionary innovations would have occurred in a number...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2018-02-20
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology & Philosophy
DOI: 10.1007/s10539-018-9609-3
Access Rights: Open Access


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