The Resource The domestication of language: : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud, (ebook)

The domestication of language: : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud, (ebook)

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The domestication of language: : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal
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The domestication of language:
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cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal
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Daniel Cloud
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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
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Midwest
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Cloud, Daniel
Dewey number
417/.7
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non fiction
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  • Language and languages
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Grammar, Comparative and general
  • Human evolution
  • Historical linguistics
  • Anthropological linguistics
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adult
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The domestication of language: : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud, (ebook)
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1 online resource
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9780231538282
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(electronic bk.)
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MWT11862334
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11862334
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MWT11862334
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Mode of access: World Wide Web
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The domestication of language: : cultural evolution and the uniqueness of the human animal, Daniel Cloud, (ebook)
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Publication
Color
multicolored
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780231538282
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11862334
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11862334
System control number
MWT11862334
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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