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.
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