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Are other animals as smart as great apes? Do others provide better models for the evolution of speech or language?  

Kathleen R. Gibson

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews recent evidence for advanced, language-pertinent, cognitive capacities in birds and mammals and evaluates the potential suitability of song and other animal vocal ... More

Cognitive prerequisites for the evolution of indirect speech  

Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article proposes the important prerequisites for indirect speech that includes at least four major cognitive factors, adequate phonological storage capacity, recursion, a full theory ... More

Displays of vocal and verbal complexity: a fitness account of language, situated in development  

John L. Locke

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article presents several factors related to the evolution of vocal and phonetic behaviors thus discussing the emergence of symbolization and reference. Evolutionary theories must ... More

The emergence of language, from a biolinguistic point of view  

Cedric Boeckx

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Biolinguistics is a fairly broad research program that allow for the exploration of many avenues of research, including the formalist, functionalist, and nativist, and it insists on the ... More

Evolution of behavioural and brain asymmetries in primates  

William D. Hopkins and Jacques Vauclair

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews several studies on the behavioral and neuroanatomical asymmetries in non-human primates pertaining to the production of communicative behaviors. Hopkins and his team ... More

Evolutionary biological foundations of the origin of language: the co‐evolution of language and brain  

Szabolcs Számadó and Eörs Szathmáry

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article explains the evolution of human language and the brain. There are many ways organisms can adapt to moving targets. One of the ways is genetic evolution, when natural selection ... More

The genus Homo and the origins of ‘humanness’  

Alan Mann

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the evolution of Homo and presents the origins of humanness. The earliest fossils assigned to the genus Homo come from Kenya, Ethiopia, Tanzania, and South Africa ... More

Innateness and human language: a biological perspective  

W. Tecumseh Fitch

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article presents the multiple uses of the concepts of “innate” and “instinctive”, by biologists. A broad notion of “innate” in the sense of “having some genetic basis” has thus been ... More

Looking for UG in Animals: A Case Study in Phonology  

Bridget D. Samuels, Marc Hauser, and Cedric Boeckx

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Dec 2016
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Feb 2017
Do animals have Universal Grammar? The short answer must be ‘no.’ Otherwise, why do human children learn language with strikingly little conscious effort, while no other animal has even ... More

Natural selection‐itis  

David Lightfoot

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article explains the emergence of the language faculty over the years. The organisms are complex and integrated so any adaptive change must automatically spin off structural ... More

Not the neocortex alone: other brain structures also contribute to speech and language  

Kathleen R. Gibson

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article gives an overview on the various brain structures, other than neocortex, contributing to speech and language. The regions of the avian brain which are considered functionally ... More

Primate social cognition as a precursor to language  

Robert M. Seyfarth and Dorothy L. Cheney

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article describes the primate social cognition as a precursor to language. The goal of phylogenetic reconstruction is to group similar animals together. One method of phylogenetic ... More

A solution to the logical problem of language evolution: language as an adaptation to the human brain  

Nick Chater and Morten H. Christiansen

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article addresses the logical problem of language evolution that arises from a conventional universal grammar (UG) perspective and investigates the biological and cognitive ... More

Vocal communication and cognition in cetaceans  

Vincent M. Janik

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article gives an account of vocal communication and cognition in cetaceans that comprise aquatic mammals. Cetacean communication occurs primarily in the acoustic domain. Light ... More

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