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Shaping each other: language and speech in their wider context

Dediu, D. (2015). Shaping each other: language and speech in their wider context. Talk presented at the SMART Cognitive Science: the Amsterdam Conference – Workshop, Evolution of Language: The co-evolution of biology and culture. Amsterdam, the Netherlands. 2015-03-25 - 2015-03-26.
Language and speech cannot be understood outside their wider evolutionary context, which include biology and culture, and must be seen as part of a complex co-evolutionary processes that has been active throughout most of human evolution. In this talk I will survey the foundations and consequences of this process, on the way introducing some examples of gene-culture co-evolution, and focusing specifically on one side of this co-evolutionary cycle, namely biology (and the environment) influencing language and, in particular, speech
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