- We suggest there is somewhat more potential than Christiansen & Chater (C&C;) allow for genetic adaptations specific to language. Our uniquely cooperative social system requires sophisticated language skills. Learning and performance of some culturally transmitted elements in animals is genetically based, and we give examples of features of human language that evolve slowly enough that genetic adaptations to them may arise.
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- Citation: Pagel, M. & Atkinson, Q. D. (2008). 'The potential for genetic adaptations to language', Behavioural and Brain Sciences, 31(5), 529-530. [Available at http://journals.cambridge.org/action/displayJournal?jid=BBS]. The full-text of this article is not currently available in ORA, but you may be able to access the article by clicking on 'Resolve this DOI' or via the publisher copy link on this record page.
The potential for genetic adaptations to language
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