The Emergence of Language as Communicative Technology

Harper Memorial Library, Room 103

Human languages are complex adaptive systems that emerged gradually by successive exaptations of the hominine anatomy. They evolved in response to various protracted changes during the phylogenetic evolution of the hominine species. More specifically the exaptations were driven by ecological pressures exerted by an evolving mind that began producing more complex social and material cultures. This lecture will present a hypothesis that explains how the mind gradually domesticated the body to produce the language technology.