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[In the last quarter century we have seen an explosion of interest in the field of language evolution, and the pace is only picking up. This is deservedly so, as without understanding how human language evolved, we can hardly understand what language really is, or what defines humanhood.]
[Many researchers have advocated an abrupt, saltationist view of language evolution, including, but not limited to: Berwick (1998), Bickerton (1990, 1998), Lightfoot (1991), Chomsky (2002, 2005), Berwick and Chomsky (2011, 2016), Piattelli-Palmarini (2010), Piattelli-Palmarini and Uriagereka...
[Many researchers have advocated a gradualist view of language evolution, and syntax in particular, although not necessarily natural selection, including, but certainly not limited to: Givón (e.g. 1979, 2002a, b, 2009), Pinker and Bloom (1990) (see Sect. 1.3); Newmeyer (1991, 1998, 2005), Gil...
[Relying on the proposals and discussions in the first three chapters, in Sect. 4.2 I consider how a specific sexual selection scenario for the emergence of (simple) syntax would have affected and started to solidify the genetic foundation for language, addressing directly the language-genes...
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