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Title: Language Development and Human Prosperity through Natural Selection
Author: Morgan Lieberman
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Institution: University of Tampa
Linguistic Field: Anthropological Linguistics; Language Acquisition; Neurolinguistics; Psycholinguistics
Abstract: Natural Selection in its purest definition is how our environment creates the fittest organisms to be able to procreate. With humans, it seems that we have evolved into our own self-made environment: literature, law, art, and most specifically, language. Other animals that do not have this cultural world still evolve with their physical environment. Humans are the only species that have the luxury of business, commerce, revenue, fine arts, and many other elements that contribute to a world in which our speccies dominates. Other species in Kingdom Animalia share many exceptional morphologies with humans, such as cephalization, central and peripheral nervous systems, even tongues, but the trait that we alone possess is language development. So the question becomes, why have humans prospered through the test of natural selection imposes and become the most advanced species? Is our specialized ability to acquire language the reason?
Type: Individual Paper
Status: Completed


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