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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

Bird song and language  

Peter Slater

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article provides an overview of bird song and language. There are several reasons why bird song might be of interest to those who are studying human language. First, and most ... 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

Compositionality and Beyond: Embodied Meaning in Language and Protolanguage  

Michael A. Arbib

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2012
This article mentions that a formal view of compositional semantics is helpful both for what it reveals about the structure of language and also for what it deletes, including context, the ... More

Compositionality and Linguistic Evolution  

Kenny Smith and Simon Kirby

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2012
The productivity of language is subserved by two structural properties: language is recursive, which allows the creation of an infinite number of utterances, and language is compositional, ... More

Cooperative breeding and the evolution of vocal flexibility  

Klaus Zuberbühler

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Primates communicate not only because they are biologically hardwired to do so, but also because they pursue specific goals during social interactions. This is well documented in the ... 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

Domain‐general processes as the basis for grammar  

Joan L. Bybee

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The article demonstrates many aspects of grammar that can be derived from domain-general cognitive processes, especially those of neuromotor automation, chunking, categorization, ... 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

The emergence of phonetic form  

Michael Studdert‐Kennedy

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The human hands, face, and vocal machinery have evolved as finely differentiated parts as compared to other primates due to the two phenomena that includes child development and ... 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

Evolution of communication and language: insights from parrots and songbirds  

Irene M. Pepperberg

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Most language evolution research focuses on primates, positing a hominin transitional link with emerging learned vocal communication. Such research increased after apes, humans' closest ... More

The evolution of morphology  

Andrew Carstairs‐McCarthy

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Grammaticalization theory has become an influential theory within historical linguistics. Grammaticalization is the process whereby open-class lexical items develop over time into ... More

The evolution of phonology  

Peter F. MacNeilage

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article focuses on the evolution of phonology over the years. The most comprehensive investigation of the innateness hypothesis in phonology is that undertaken by Mielke regarding the ... 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 evolutionary relevance of more and less complex forms of language  

Andrew Carstairs‐McCarthy

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article deals with the evolution of natural languages and examines artificial or imaginary languages that supply material for evolutionary-linguistic thought-experiments. The term ... More

The fossil record: evidence for speech in early hominins  

Bernard A. Wood and Amy L. Bauernfeind

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article reviews the fossil evidence for human evolution from the earliest hominins to the emergence of Homo erectus. There are many differences between the hard-tissues of living ... More

From sensorimotor categories and pantomime to grounded symbols and propositions  

Stevan Harnad

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The adaptive success of organisms depends on the categorization that is the ability to do the right thing with the right kind of thing. Most species can learn categories by direct ... More

Genetic influences on language evolution: an evaluation of the evidence  

Karl C. Diller and Rebecca L. Cann

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article concentrates on the three genes of recent interest in the literature on language origins. These genes are microcephalin and ASPM, which cause microcephaly when disabled and ... 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

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