chapter  21
The Creation and Re-Creation of Language: Derek Bickerton
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Language represents a problem area for any study of the evolution of human behavior. The easiest aspects of human behavior to explain are those that we share with at least some other species. However, no other species has anything remotely like language, and no purpose can be served by pretending otherwise, although some scholars have tried to take this course, claiming an ancestry for language in animal communication systems (Hockett & Ascher, 1964) or suggesting that the performance of "linguistically" trained apes is on a continuum with human language production (Fouts, 1983).