Linguistic Pragmatics from an Evolutionary Perspective

Authored by: Nikolaus Ritt

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415531412
eBook ISBN: 9781315668925
Adobe ISBN:

10.4324/9781315668925-35

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Abstract

Two things about human linguistic communication are widely acknowledged. On one hand, it represents a highly complex form of behaviour, and, on the other hand, it is highly useful. In combination, these properties identify language as the product of Darwinian evolution.

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