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Curiously the same: swapping tools between linguistics and evolutionary biology

Bromham, Lindell


One of the major benefits of interdisciplinary research is the chance to swap tools between fields, to save having to reinvent the wheel. The fields of language evolution and evolutionary biology have been swapping tools for centuries to the enrichment of both. Here I will discuss three categories of tool swapping: (1) conceptual tools, where analogies are drawn between hypotheses, patterns or processes, so that one field can take advantage of the path cut through the intellectual jungle by the...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology and Philosophy
DOI: 10.1007/s10539-017-9594-y


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