The Language Evolution blog aims to act as an informal resource, meeting place and forum for the academic field of language evolution. We are always looking for people to join in the debate, so please feel free to post or comment on any subject relevant to the field. If you have an existing WordPress account and would like to be added to the site as a contributor, then email me at chrisatherton@yahoo.com

5 Responses to “About the Language Evolution Blog”


  1. 1 Concha Campos February 28, 2008 at 11:04 am

    I happened to find your blog by chance today.
    I´m a student of Linguistics at the Universidad de Barcelona and am currently studying Biolinguistics. I am specially interested in this field of Knowledge so I´m trying to read every single paper and book that I can lay my hands on. I find your blog most interesting so I linked it in my own blog, which is on General Linguistics. I´m sure all of the other fellow students will resort to here very soon.
    Well, just to congratulate you all and say hello from Spain!

    (sorry about my poor English…)

    Concha

  2. 3 Costas Maritsas April 14, 2010 at 7:48 am

    THE HUMAN LANGUAGE AS A TOOL OF LIE
    The paper considers the process of formation of the human language, its necessity
    and its evolution.
    The problem of language is analyzed in the context of the evolution theory as a whole.
    The paper deals with such questions as: “Why has man developed a sophisticated
    language?”, “What a living creature could use best endeavors to form a thing, which
    was to be used in thousands of years?” No universal answers have been given to these
    questions till now.
    The problem of human language is studied in the context of the definition
    “civilization” on the basis of Darwin’s theory. The author defines civilization as
    “survival of the unfit”. Some arguments of J. Bronowski, A.M.S. McMahon, A. Leroi-
    Gourhan and others are analyzed.
    The author supposes that language was invented by the men to describe their heroic
    deeds for the women in order to be selected by them for reproduction. And as
    civilization is survival of the weak, language was invented for the weak men to describe
    their fictitious “heroic” deeds. In other words, language became a selection criterion
    together with beauty and presents.
    So through the language the male lied to point out himself as a hero. But every new
    lie had to be expressed by something old and well-known. So the process of unconscious
    creation of language was: more lies – a more sophisticated language; more sophisticated
    language – more lies.
    Yet what was the first picture from which the above process started? What did the
    male have to describe to the woman? Only his body presented first picture. In all
    languages the greatest part of phrases we use to mark the inanimate objects are taken
    from the names of the human body.
    The real entropy of a well-developed language increases in the course of time but its
    maximum entropy increases faster by capturing new words. Further, in the course of
    time, language will move away more and more from death. Yet the language cannot
    increase forever, in other words, the language’s entropy decreases. In a particular
    moment it will reach of the smallest entropy and from there the entropy will increase
    until it exceeds a ultimate level and the death; so the destruction will come. At the
    moment of the smallest entropy language will disappear and new languages will be
    created, and the circumrotation will go on. This is valid for every “living” phenomenon.
    Every living phenomenon “dives” in entropy increasing its entropy. These “divings”
    constitute the evolution (see fig.1).
    Figure 1. The process of the language evolution
    The language evolution (fig.1) is:
    Point 1: Birth of the language.
    The language was born from the song when it reached the point of its smallest
    entropy.
    Line 1 – 2: Life of the language.
    During the life the language entropy decreases, i.e. the complexity and the language
    organization, the grammar and the syntax increase.
    Point 2: The birth of other languages.
    In this point the language has reached its smallest possible entropy. This is the point
    where the language by splitting gives birth to other languages.
    Line 2-3: Ageing of the language.
    In the process of ageing the language entropy increases, that is the language becomes
    simpler as a structure and system.
    Point 3: Death of the language.
    The language reaches the point of the greatest entropy that is to the full
    disorganization and disappears inevitably.


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