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Evolutionary semantics: using NSM to model stages in human cognitive evolution

Goddard, Cliff; Fabrega Jr, Horacio; Wierzbicka, Anna


This study seeks to make a contribution to evolutionary science. It shows how the Natural Semantic Metalanguage (NSM) system of semantic-conceptual representation, developed for modern humans, can be "reverse engineered" to produce a plausible model of cognitive evolution from the time of the Last Common Ancestor (LCA) of humans and chimpanzees. We posit six stages of cognitive development, each with its own distinct repertoire of conceptual primes. The progression between the stages is seen as...[Show more]

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Date published: 2014
Type: Journal article
Source: Language Sciences
DOI: 10.1016/j.langsci.2013.11.003


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