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by Nikolaus Ritt


In the early seventies, the bio-mathematician George Price developed a simple and concise mathematical description of evolutionary processes that abstracts away from the specific properties of biological evolution.

Selfish Sounds Linguistic Evolution book.

Ritt, Nikolaus 1997a, ‘Mutation, variation and selection in phonological evolution: a sketch based on the case of Late Middle English a au/-l{C in Fisiak (e. 1997, pp. 531–50.

Challenging established models of linguistic competence, Ritt's controversial approach will stimulate debate among evolutionary biologists, cognitive scientists and linguists.

Memes are both stable in that they transmit faithfully from brain to brain, and active in that their success at replicating depends upon their own properties.

This book will stimulate debate among evolutionary biologists, cognitive scientists and linguists alike.

Message 1: Selfish Sounds and Linguistic Evolution: Ritt. Date: 03-May-2004 From: Joyce Reid

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.

Selfish Sounds and Linguistic Evolution: A Darwinian Approach to Language Change epub download

ISBN13: 978-0521826716

ISBN: 0521826713

Author: Nikolaus Ritt

Category: Reference

Subcategory: Words Language & Grammar

Language: English

Publisher: Cambridge University Press (July 5, 2004)

Pages: 342 pages

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