The evolution of (proto-)language: Focus on mechanisms

@article{ywiczyski2017TheEO,
  title={The evolution of (proto-)language: Focus on mechanisms},
  author={Przemysław Żywiczyński and Nathalie Gontier and Sławomir Wacewicz},
  journal={Language Sciences},
  year={2017},
  volume={63},
  pages={1-11}
}
Abstract This article introduces a special issue on mechanisms in language evolution research. It describes processes relevant for the emergence of protolanguage and the transition thereof to modern language. Protolanguage is one of the key terms in the field of language evolution, used to designate a hypothesised intermediate stage in the emergence of language present in extinct hominins: qualitatively different from non-human primate communication in possessing some, but not all, of the… Expand
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