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Language and Music as Cognitive Systems$
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Patrick Rebuschat, Martin Rohmeier, John A. Hawkins, and Ian Cross

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199553426

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.001.0001

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Darwin's musical protolanguage: an increasingly compelling picture

Darwin's musical protolanguage: an increasingly compelling picture

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(p.96) Chapter 10 Darwin's musical protolanguage: an increasingly compelling picture
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Language and Music as Cognitive Systems
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Simon Kirby

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199553426.003.0010

This chapter comments on the discussion in Chapter 9. It largely agrees with Fitch's proposals and explores the extent to which the learnability of communicative systems informs the emergence of language- and music-like systems. In effect, language and music is conceived as culturally transmitted complex systems of which the development can be explored and evaluated in terms of the concept of fitness; this operationalization renders the exploration of language (and music) evolution computationally tractable and conditions the chapter's conclusions.

Keywords:   communicative systems, learnability, language, music, fitness

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