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Les concepts darwiniens et l'étude de la tradition orale des enfants : Métaphore ou modèle ?

Abstract : This article explores the analogy between the study of children's oral tradition and several Darwinian concepts, formulated by Darwin or his successors: variation, natural selection, adaptation and mutation. The study focuses on variation processes for two well-known counting-out rhymes, Eeny meeny miney mo and Am stram gram. Specific factors of stability and instability are examined, including rhythmic structure, sound patterns, meaning and social function, to determine how they have affected changes in the form and content of these rhymes. The conclusion compares this analysis to Dawkins' meme theory and Sperber's naturalistic theory of culture, and briefly discusses recent work in quantitative linguistics that specifically refers to an evolutionary paradigm (Pagel, Atkinson & Meade 2007).
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Andy Arleo. Les concepts darwiniens et l'étude de la tradition orale des enfants : Métaphore ou modèle ?. Georges Letissier et Michel Prum. L'héritage de Charles Darwin dans les cultures européennes, L'Harmattan, pp.89-103, 2011, Racisme et eugénisme. ⟨halshs-00626126⟩

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