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Deacon’s challenge: from calls to words

Sterelny, Kim


A Darwinian theory of the evolution of language must be incremental: to explain the transition from a hominin baseline with great ape grade communicative capacities to language-equipped hominins as a series of small steps. This paper takes up that project for the special case of words, giving an incremental model of the call to word transition. The model is embedded in a general conception of human social evolution with independent empirical support, but it also depends on some more...[Show more]

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Date published: 2015-03-11
Type: Journal article
Source: Topoi
DOI: 10.1007/s11245-014-9284-1


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