The invasion of language: emergence, change and death
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摘要Research into the emergence and evolution of human language has received unprecedented attention during the past 15 years. Efforts to better understand the processes of language emergence and evolution have proceeded in two main directions: from the top-down (linguists) and from the bottom-up (cognitive scientists). Language can be viewed as an invading process that has had profound impact on the human phenotype at all levels, from the structure of the brain to modes of cultural interaction. In our view, the most effective way to form a connection between the two efforts (essential if theories for language evolution are to reflect the constraints imposed on language by the brain) lies in computational modelling, an approach that enables numerous hypotheses to be explored and tested against objective criteria and which suggest productive paths for empirical researchers to then follow. Here, with the aim of promoting the cross-fertilization of ideas across disciplines, we review some of the recent research that has made use of computational methods in three principal areas of research into language evolution: language emergence, language change, and language death.
著者Wang WSY, Minett JW
期刊名稱Trends in Ecology and Evolution
出版年份2005
月份5
日期1
卷號20
期次5
出版社ELSEVIER SCIENCE LONDON
頁次263 - 269
國際標準期刊號0169-5347
語言英式英語
Web of Science 學科類別Ecology; ECOLOGY; Environmental Sciences & Ecology; Evolutionary Biology; EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY; Genetics & Heredity; GENETICS & HEREDITY

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