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The Interactional InstinctThe Evolution and Acquisition of Language$
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Namhee Lee, Lisa Mikesell, Anna Dina L. Joaquin, Andrea W. Mates, and John H. Schumann

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780195384246

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2009

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384246.001.0001

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Introduction: Overview

Introduction: Overview

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(p.3) Introduction: Overview
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The Interactional Instinct
Author(s):

Namhee Lee

Lisa Mikesell

Anna Dina L. Joaquin

Andrea W. Mates

John H. Schumann

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195384246.003.0001

This Introduction starts by briefly presenting the purpose of the book: to offer a perspective on language acquisition based on evolutionary biology and neurobiology. The book argues that language is a cultural artifact that emerges as a complex adaptive system from the verbal interaction among humans. The ubiquity of language acquisition is seen among children generation after generation as the product of an interactional instinct that, as has been argued, is based on an innate drive to communicate with and become like conspecifics. The Introduction also summarizes the chapters that follow.

Keywords:   evolutionary biology, neurobiology, adaptive system, verbal interaction, interactional instinct

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