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Defining Pantomime for Language Evolution Research
Although pantomimic scenarios recur in the most important historical as well as current accounts of language origins, a serious problem is the lack of a commonly accepted definition of “pantomime”.Expand
Language origins: Fitness consequences, platform of trust, cooperation, and turn-taking
It is suggested that human turn-taking, in its full richness that makes it an interesting explanatory target, may only appear in a communicative system that is already founded on a community-wide, cooperative platform of trust. Expand
Human Honest Signalling and Nonverbal Communication
Abstract The issue of signal reliability (‘honesty’) is widely recognised in language evolution research as one of the most fundamental problems concerning the evolutionary emergence ofExpand
Visible movements of the orofacial area: evidence for gestural or multimodal theories of language evolution?
The age-old debate between the proponents of the gesture-first and speech-first positions has returned to occupy a central place in current language evolution theorizing. The gestural scenarios,Expand
An evolutionary approach to low-level conversational cooperation
Abstract The cooperative character of language is an empirical fact and one of the key tenets in linguistics. However, this cooperative character is what makes it evolutionarily suspect: under normalExpand
The content of this article amounts to a somewhat controversial terminological proposal: the term ‘concept’ is most fruitfully construed as ‘a mental representations having a lexical correlate’. SuchExpand
The comparative neuroprimatology 2018 (CNP-2018) road map for research on How the Brain Got Language
We present a new road map for research on “How the Brain Got Language” that adopts an EvoDevoSocio perspective and highlights comparative neuroprimatology – the comparative study of brain, behaviorExpand
Language Evolution: Why Hockett’s Design Features are a Non-Starter
It is argued that the general theoretical perspective of Hockett is largely incompatible with that of modern language evolution research, and his classificatory system is of very limited use as a theoretical framework for evolutionary linguistics. Expand
Multimodal-first or pantomime-first?: Communicating events through pantomime with and without vocalization
A persistent controversy in language evolution research has been whether language emerged in the gestural-visual or in the vocal-auditory modality. A "dialectic" solution to this age-old debate hasExpand
The multimodal origins of linguistic communication
Abstract Why is language unique? How and why did it emerge? Such questions are emblematic of the Western intellectual tradition, and while some even today see them as intractable, a majority considerExpand