Title

Is an evolutionary theory of language play possible?

Document Type

Article

Publication Date

4-1-1998

Department

Psychology

Abstract

Language play is commonly observed in young human children. Although the developmental significance of such play has yet to be precisely defined, it seems likely that language play facilitates cognitive, language, and social development. Play with sounds and sound structures has also been observed in animals, raising the possibility that this type of play serves important developmental functions in a number of species. A comparative perspective is necessary if we are to better understand the significance of language play in various species, including our own. In turn, a comparative perspective should incorporate evolutionary considerations, making an evolutionary theory of language play essential.

Publication Title

CAHIERS DE PSYCHOLOGIE COGNITIVE-CURRENT PSYCHOLOGY OF COGNITION

Volume

17

Issue

2

First Page

135

Last Page

154

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