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Language Production and Interpretation: Linguistics meets Cognition

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Title: Selfish Sounds and Linguistic Evolution
Subtitle: A Darwinian Approach to Language Change
URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521826716
Description:

This new perspective on language change looks at a number of developments
in the history of sounds and words and explains them in terms of Darwin's
evolutionary theory. Nikolaus Ritt demonstrates how the constituents of
language can be regarded as mental patterns, or "memes", which copy
themselves from one brain to another when communication and language
acquisition occur. Challenging established models of linguistic competence,
Ritt's controversial approach will stimulate debate among evolutionary
biologists, cognitive scientists and linguists.

Publication Year: 2004
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Historical Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521826713
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 342
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