EvolLang: An EvolLang/s Scenario

From: Dan Moonhawk Alford
Date: Tue, 5 May 1998
To: EvolutionLanguage@list.pitt.edu


I have proposed some of the following using the meaning-first principle, and the rest I'm expanding on now in this summary and scenario of the evolution of language -- partly as a way of answering Matt's plea to return to the topic, and partly because I'm still preparing a presentation on this topic. Please feel free to comment on any of the pieces.

Does anyone have any convincing counter-evidence/arguments/proposals for these points? Does anyone else on this list have a scenario to place up against this one for comparison of how human languages evolved from other communicative and/or non- communicative (?!) systems?

My self-appointed task is to create a plausible scenario about the evolution of human language from what came before. While I find most of the postings informative and interesting, 99% are off-task as far as I'm concerned. I need to concentrate my efforts for publication, and will therefore not so quickly jump into frays for a while (please contain your enthusiasm! ;-)) I remain intensely interested in any helpful criticism of my scenario.

warm regards, moonhawk