Evolution: How the theory is inspiring a new way of understanding language

Posted On May 06, 2019


Evolution: How the theory is inspiring a new way of understanding language

“Natural selection is based on constant random genetic mutations. The ones that turn out to make an individual organism better able to survive and reproduce then get more common over time. A similar thing happens with language over time, as I discovered when I started thinking about memes.”

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Words are often seen as the building blocks of languages. But as children we don’t learn lists of words like we might in a school language class. We learn longer strings of sounds and break them up into words as we grow up. One of the problems with our current theory of how language works is that it…