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Does speaking a second language really improve cognition?

The idea that learning to speak two languages is good for your brain has come to be widely accepted as fact, particularly in popular media. Studies have shown that bilingual speakers of all ages outperform monolinguals on certain cognitive performance … Continue reading

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Learning a local dialect instead of a global language

Modern technology has made it incredibly easy for people to connect and communicate with one another. Not only is it possible to look up the meaning of any word in a digital dictionary, but there are countless applications that can … Continue reading

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Sequence Memory Constraints Give Rise to Language-Like Structure through Iterated Learning

Human language is composed of sequences of reusable elements. The origins of the sequential structure of language is a hotly debated topic in evolutionary linguistics. In this paper, we show that sets of sequences with language-like statistical properties can emerge … Continue reading

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The Emergence of Complexity in Language: An Evolutionary Perspective

Like an increasing number of linguists and other scholars especially interested in the evolution and/or the ontogenetic development of language, the author claims that languages are complex adaptive systems (CAS). These have been characterized as reflecting complex dynamics of interactive … Continue reading

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Technology’s Role as an Evolutionary Bridge

If we accept language as the basis of our experience, – that is it acts in the linguistic domain that mediates experience at the autopoieitic boundary (autonomy-dependency paradox) – then we may define technology as the mechanism by which that … Continue reading

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Language diversity and risks

Humans are the only species on the planet whose communication system exhibits enormous diversity. And linguistic diversity is crucial for understanding our capacity for language. There are over 7,000 languages spoken in the world today. These languages exhibit enormous diversity, … Continue reading

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The Cradle of Language

This book is the first to focus on the African origins of human language. It explores the origins of language and culture 250,000-150,000 years ago when modern humans evolved in Africa. Scholars from around the world address the fossil, genetic, … Continue reading

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The Evolutionary Emergence of Language

Language has no counterpart in the animal world. Unique to Homo sapiens, it appears inseparable from human nature. But how, when and why did it emerge? The contributors to this volume – linguists, anthropologists, cognitive scientists, and others – adopt … Continue reading

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Humans Make Language, Language Makes Us Human

Language is so central to everything we are and do from toddlerhood on that unless you are a) a linguist or b) right now raising a toddler it’s easy to forget just how amazing our capacity to produce and decode … Continue reading

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Socialization through Language and Interaction

Socialization is the process whereby novices gain knowledge and skills relevant to membership in a social group. This process is realized largely through language practices and social interactions that engage novices in a variety of communicative and situational roles. The … Continue reading

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