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The adaptive significance of human language: Function, form and social evolution

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Adaptive significance of human language
Abstract:

Language is arguably one of the most salient features that distinguish humans from other animal species. However, despite the existence of a large body of relevant theoretical and empirical research, there is currently no consensus as to why language emerged exclusively in the human species or how it evolved its unique communicative structure.

In this thesis, I therefore take a multi-pronged approach to analysing and testing several different hypotheses for the biological function a...

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Division:
MSD
Department:
Experimental Psychology
Department:
University of Oxford
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Department:
University of Oxford
Role:
Supervisor
Type of award:
DPhil
Level of award:
Doctoral
Awarding institution:
University of Oxford

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