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The interpersonal origins of language: Social and linguistic implications of an archaeological approach to language evolution

Marwick, Ben


The development of the interpersonal functions of language is a key step in language ontogeny. Archaeological evidence of hominids moving raw materials across the landscape suggest that changes in the interpersonal communication abilities of hominids represent major events in human language evolution. The earliest hominids moved raw materials short distances, suggesting home-range sizes, social complexity and interpersonal abilities similar to those of primates. A transition from primate...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2005
Type: Journal article
Book Title: Linguistics and the Human Sciences 1(2), pp. 197-224


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