Evolutionary linguistics is now a well established field with several conferences and its own journal. The ultimate goal of the field is to explain how complex communication systems emerge and change. A coherent, comprehensive explanation would involve a long chain of causal claims, stretching from genetics to cognition and from prehistorical adaptations to mod- ern language change, supported by a range of methods from experiments to computer simula- tions. Because of the range of disciplines feeding into language evolution theories, producing such an explanation is a daunting task. In order to help this process, this paper presents a schema and implementation for a database of causal hypotheses about language evolution. Researchers can edit and contribute through a custom web application or through a GitHub repository.
|Title of host publication||The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 12th International Conference (EVOLANGXII)|
|Editors||C Cuskley, M Flaherty, H Little, L McCrohon, A Ravignani, T Verhoef|
|Publication status||Published - 30 Jan 2018|