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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”.…
An evolutionary approach to low-level conversational cooperation
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.
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 has…
Language in Language Evolution Research: In Defense of a Pluralistic View
- Sławomir Wacewicz, Przemysław Żywiczyński, S. Hartmann, M. Pleyer, A. Benítez-Burraco
- 1 October 2020
Many controversies in language evolution research derive from the fact that language is itself a natural language word, which makes the underlying concept fuzzy and cumbersome, and a common…
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 of…
Visible movements of the orofacial area: evidence for gestural or multimodal theories of language evolution?
It is suggested that the “gestural versus spoken” formulation is limiting and would be better expressed in terms of the relative input and interplay of the visual and vocal-auditory sensory modalities.
CONCEPTS AS CORRELATES OF LEXICAL ITEMS
- Sławomir Wacewicz
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’. Such…
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.
Pantomime as the original human-specific communicative system
- J. Zlatev, Przemysław Żywiczyński, Sławomir Wacewicz
- PsychologyJournal of Language Evolution
- 1 August 2020
We propose reframing one of the key questions in the field of language evolution as what was the original human-specific communicative system? With the help of cognitive semiotics, first we clarify…