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Where did language come from? Connecting sign, song, and speech in hominin evolution

Killin, Anton


Recently theorists have developed competing accounts of the origins and nature of protolanguage and the subsequent evolution of language. Debate over these accounts is lively. Participants ask: Is music a direct precursor of language? Were the first languages gestural? Or is language continuous with primate vocalizations, such as the alarm calls of vervets? In this article I survey the leading hypotheses and lines of evidence, favouring a largely gestural conception of protolanguage. However,...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology and Philosophy
DOI: 10.1007/s10539-017-9607-x


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