What is Language and How Could it Have Evolved?

M.B.H. Everaert, M.A.C. Huijbregts, Robert Berwick, N. Chomsky, Ian Tattersall, Andrea Moro, J.J. Bolhuis

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Unraveling the evolution of human language is no small enterprise. One could start digging somewhere in the largely unobservable past, working forwards to the present, hoping to surface in the right spot. Alternatively, one could start with the currently observed and well-established properties of human language, the phenotype of language, and work backwards, with these ‘knowns’ guiding the search for otherwise speculative historical ‘unknowns’. In a recent issue of Trends in Cognitive Sciences, Corballis [1] appears confident that only the first strategy will serve.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)569-571
JournalTrends in Cognitive Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2017


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