Darwin and language diversity - Audio

Darwin and language diversity - Audio

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Can Darwin's theory of evolution be applied to languages? If so what are the analogues for natural selection and species diversification? What truths does this approach reveal and what problems does it throw up? In this album Professor Mark Pagel of Reading University and Quentin Atkinson, an evolutionary biologist at Oxford, discuss the pitfalls and the up-sides to approaching language through a Darwinian model. Focussing on Indo-European langua...
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Can Darwin's theory of evolution be applied to languages? If so what are the analogues for natural selection and species diversification? What truths does this approach reveal and what problems does it throw up? In this album Professor Mark Pagel of Reading University and Quentin Atkinson, an evolutionary biologist at Oxford, discuss the pitfalls and the up-sides to approaching language through a Darwinian model. Focussing on Indo-European langua...
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Darwin and language diver...

09 Nov 2009 | 01 min 07 secs

Darwin and language ...

09 Nov 2009 | 01 min 07 secs

A Darwinian approach to l...

09 Nov 2009 | 07 mins 25 secs

A Darwinian approach...

09 Nov 2009 | 07 mins 25 secs

Conservation and diversif...

09 Nov 2009 | 09 mins 54 secs

Conservation and div...

09 Nov 2009 | 09 mins 54 secs

Revolution or evolution?

09 Nov 2009 | 03 mins 06 secs

Revolution or evolut...

09 Nov 2009 | 03 mins 06 secs

Warriors or farmers - who...

09 Nov 2009 | 02 mins 37 secs

Warriors or farmers ...

09 Nov 2009 | 02 mins 37 secs

Towards a global language...

09 Nov 2009 | 02 mins 59 secs

Towards a global lan...

09 Nov 2009 | 02 mins 59 secs