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The Adaptive Value of Languages: Non-Linguistic Causes of Language Diversity

The Adaptive Value of Languages: Non-Linguistic Causes of Language Diversity

The goal of this Research Topic is to shed light on the non-linguistic causes of language diversity, and particularly, to explore the possibility that some aspects of the structure of languages may result from an adaptation to the natural and/or human-made environment. Traditionally, language diversity has been claimed to result from random, internally-motivated changes in language structure. Ongoing research suggests instead that different factors that are external to language can promote language change and ultimately account for aspects of language diversity. Accordingly, linguistic complexity has been found to correlate with features of the social environment, such as the absence of cross-cultural exchanges or the number of native speakers. Likewise, language structure could be... Show More
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