Talk Is Not Cheap: Kinship Terminologies and the Origins of Language - eScholarship

  title={Talk Is Not Cheap: Kinship Terminologies and the Origins of Language - eScholarship},
  author={B. Milicic},
Kinship terminology is a human universal, a kind of cultural knowledge circulated through language. In this paper I explore the possibility that the need for social rules prompted the development of fully syntactic language via kinship terminologies. In other words, kinship terms are at the core of modern language. They require uniquely human cognitive features such as symbolic reference and recursiveness, which in turn require a cognitive capacity beyond that of non-human primates. The… Expand
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