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The Domestication of Language : Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal, Daniel Cloud

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The Domestication of Language : Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal
Title
The Domestication of Language
Title remainder
Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal
Statement of responsibility
Daniel Cloud
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Author
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Language
  • eng
  • eng
Summary
Language did not evolve only in the distant past. Our shared understanding of the meanings of words is ever-changing, and we make conscious, rational decisions about which words to use and what to mean by them every day. Applying Charles Darwin's theory of "unconscious artificial selection" to the evolution of linguistic conventions, Daniel Cloud suggests a new, evolutionary explanation for the rich, complex, and continually reinvented meanings of our words.The choice of which words to use and in which sense to use them is both a "selection event" and an intentional decision, making Darwin's account of artificial selection a particularly compelling model of the evolution of words. After drawing an analogy between the theory of domestication offered by Darwin and the evolution of human languages and cultures, Cloud applies his analytical framework to the question of what makes humans unique and how they became that way. He incorporates insights from David Lewis's Convention, Brian Skyrms's Signals, and Kim Sterelny's Evolved Apprentice, all while emphasizing the role of deliberate human choice in the crafting of language over time. His clever and intuitive model casts humans' cultural and linguistic evolution as an integrated, dynamic process, with results that reach into all corners of our private lives and public character
Biographical or historical data
Daniel Cloud teaches philosophy at Princeton University. He is also the author of.The Lily: Evolution, Play, and the Power of a Free Society.
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Cloud, Daniel
Government publication
other
LC call number
  • P116
  • P116
LC item number
.C58 2014eb
Nature of contents
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De Gruyter
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  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Human evolution
  • Language and languages
  • Anthropological linguistics
  • Historical linguistics
  • Human evolution
  • Linguistic Theories
  • Linguistics, Communication Studies
  • Philosophy of Language
  • Sprache, Linguistik
  • Language Arts & Disciplines
  • Social Science
Target audience
specialized
Label
The Domestication of Language : Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal, Daniel Cloud
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Publication
Copyright
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online resource
Carrier category code
cr
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rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 7. The Cumulative Consequences of a Didactic Adaptation
  • 8. Meaning, Interpretation, and Language Acquisition
  • 9. What’s Accomplished in Conversation?
  • 10. Recapitulation and Moral
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • 1. Where Do Words Come From?
  • 2. The Conventions of a Human Language
  • 3. The Evolution of Signals
  • 4. Varieties of Biological Information
  • 5. The Strange Case of the Chimpanzee
  • 6. The Problem of Maladaptive Culture
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource(288 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231538282
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7312/clou16792
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)458285
  • (OCoLC)892800043
  • (OCoLC)979776819
  • (DE-B1597)9780231538282
Label
The Domestication of Language : Cultural Evolution and the Uniqueness of the Human Animal, Daniel Cloud
Publication
Copyright
Carrier category
online resource
Carrier category code
cr
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier
Content category
text
Content type code
txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent
Contents
  • 7. The Cumulative Consequences of a Didactic Adaptation
  • 8. Meaning, Interpretation, and Language Acquisition
  • 9. What’s Accomplished in Conversation?
  • 10. Recapitulation and Moral
  • References
  • Index
  • Frontmatter
  • Contents
  • 1. Where Do Words Come From?
  • 2. The Conventions of a Human Language
  • 3. The Evolution of Signals
  • 4. Varieties of Biological Information
  • 5. The Strange Case of the Chimpanzee
  • 6. The Problem of Maladaptive Culture
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource(288 p.)
Form of item
online
Isbn
9780231538282
Media category
computer
Media MARC source
rdamedia
Media type code
c
Other control number
10.7312/clou16792
Other physical details
illustrations.
Reformatting quality
not applicable
Specific material designation
remote
System control number
  • (DE-B1597)458285
  • (OCoLC)892800043
  • (OCoLC)979776819
  • (DE-B1597)9780231538282

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