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Protolanguage Might Have Evolved Before Ostensive Communication

Planer, Ronald


According to one currently influential line of thinking, the evolution of ostensive communication was a prerequisite for the evolution of human language. In this article, I distinguish between a strong and a weak version of this view and offer a sustained argument against the former. More specifically, the strong version of this view would have it that ostensive communication was a prerequisite not just for the evolution of fully modern language but for any language-like system of...[Show more]

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Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Biological Theory
DOI: 10.1007/s13752-017-0262-x


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