The Domestication of Language

The Domestication of Language

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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.

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Publisher: Columbia University Press (November 25, 2014)

Format: EPUB

File size: 16 MB

Protection: Watermark

Language: English


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