Communotion and the Evolution of Human Language
The past two decades has witnessed the controversy revolving around the issue of human language evolution, leading to the emergence of two schools of thought: the biolinguistic school and the…
The Evolution of Musicality: What Can Be Learned from Language Evolution Research?
- ArtFront. Neurosci.
This work focuses on the value of coupled empirical and formal methodologies, and on the futility of mysterianism, the declining view that the nature, origins and evolution of language cannot be addressed empirically.
Language Evolution in Biolinguistics from a Multi-Factor Perspective
Biolinguistics is an interdisciplinary subject derived from the interaction of biology and linguistics. In 1967, after the publication of Biological Foundations of Language by Lenneberg E.H., the…
Origins of Language
- Psychology, Linguistics
This chapter reviews and discusses the historical origins of language, departing from the fundamental distinction between lexical evolution and grammatical evolution. Initially, some contemporary…
Coevolution of language and symbolic meaning: Co-opting meaning underlying the initial arts in early human culture.
- PsychologyWiley interdisciplinary reviews. Cognitive science
Consolidation of evidence and notions from language evolution, genetics, human physiology, comparative animal communication, archeology, and climate history in the distant past of early humans in Africa supports the evolutionary driven practice of initial nonmaterial art formats conveying symbolic expressions optimizing group survival.
Membership Enforcement as a Driver of the Evolution of Language
A novel hypothesis concerning language evolution is advanced. It posits that languages have evolved as a means of binding individuals to a group, as well as for defining those groups. This means that…
No Country for Oldowan Men: Emerging Factors in Language Evolution
- BiologyFront. Psychol.
A number of broad, emerging research directions are reviewed, and human-specific levels of braincase globularity are argued to be the central pillars of any satisfactory and interdisciplinary model of language evolution.
Praxis, symbol and language
- PsychologyBenjamins Current Topics
This article focuses on the interweaving of constructive praxis with communication in ontogenesis, in phylogenesis and in biocultural niche evolution (ecogenesis), within an EvoDevoSocio framework.…
No Country for Oldowan Men: Self-Domestication and Cranial Globularity as Factors in Language Evolution
Language evolution has long been researched. I will review a number of emerging research directions which arguably have the potential to provide a finer-grained and more structured picture of how and…
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Language: The Cultural Tool
This is a groundbreaking and controversial new theory about how we talk. Like other tools, language was invented, can be reinvented or lost, and shows significant variation across cultures. It's as…
On the antiquity of language: the reinterpretation of Neandertal linguistic capacities and its consequences
- LinguisticsFront. Psychol.
It is argued here that recognizably modern language is likely an ancient feature of the authors' genus pre-dating at least the common ancestor of modern humans and Neandertals about half a million years ago, and argues against a saltationist scenario for the evolution of language, and toward a gradual process of culture-gene co-evolution extending to the present day.
Language as shaped by the brain.
- Psychology, BiologyThe Behavioral and brain sciences
This work concludes that a biologically determined UG is not evolutionarily viable, and suggests that apparently arbitrary aspects of linguistic structure may result from general learning and processing biases deriving from the structure of thought processes, perceptuo-motor factors, cognitive limitations, and pragmatics.
A tentative framework for the acquisition of language and modern human cognition.
- BiologyJournal of anthropological sciences = Rivista di antropologia : JASS
Scrutiny of the fossil and archaeological records reveals that the transition to symbolic reasoning happened very late in hominid history - indeed, within the tenure of anatomically recognizable Homo sapiens.
Biolinguistic Explorations: Design, Development, Evolution
Abstract Biolinguistic inquiry investigates the human language faculty as an internal biological property. This article traces the development of biolinguistics from its early philosophical origins…
More Than Nature Needs: Language, Mind, and Evolution
- Psychology, Biology
"More than Nature Needs" transcends nativist thesis and empiricist antithesis by presenting a revolutionary synthesis--one that instead of merely repeating "nature and nurture" cliches shows specifically and in a principled manner how and why the synthesis came about.
Origins of the modern mind
In Origins of the Modern Mind, Merlin Donald has offered a provocative, compelling, and radically different view of cognition. It was a great pleasure to follow his convincing arguments on the…
Why Only Us: Language and Evolution
We are born crying, but those cries signal the first stirring of language. Within a year or so, infants master the sound system of their language; a few years after that, they are engaging in…
The origins of modernity: was autonomous speech the critical factor?
- PsychologyPsychological review
There is recent evidence that a mutation of the FOXP2 gene (forkhead box P2), important for the development of articulate speech, occurred some time within the past 100000 years, which may have allowed speech to become fully autonomous, so that language no longer depended on a visuomanual component.
The faculty of language: what is it, who has it, and how did it evolve?
- Psychology, BiologyScience
We argue that an understanding of the faculty of language requires substantial interdisciplinary cooperation. We suggest how current developments in linguistics can be profitably wedded to work in…