Constraints and preadaptations in the earliest stages of language evolution

@inproceedings{Cheney2005ConstraintsAP,
  title={Constraints and preadaptations in the earliest stages of language evolution},
  author={Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth},
  year={2005}
}
Abstract If we accept the view that language first evolved from the conceptual structure of our pre-linguistic ancestors, several questions arise, including: What kind of structure? Concepts about what? Here we review research on the vocal communication and cognition of nonhuman primates, focusing on results that may be relevant to the earliest stages of language evolution. From these data we conclude, first, that nonhuman primates’ inability to represent the mental states of others makes their… 

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