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Issue 27

Issue 27 - December 2014

Origin and Evolution of Language

Edited by Francesco Ferretti, Ines Adornetti





Understanding the origin and evolution of language has been defined — rather provocatively — as the hardest problem in science (Christiansen & Kirby, 2003). To be sure, the study of the development of language is a subject that consistently generates great interest and controversy. The interest is largely dependent on the fact that a great part of Western theoretical investigation has attributed the “uniqueness” that characterizes our species to our “talking nature”: language constitutes the element that, more than any others, defines what it is to be human. [read more]

Table of Contents

                                                                                                                                

PAPERS    
Lluís Barceló-Coblijn On the Relationship between the Air Sacs Loss in the Genus Homo and Duality of Patterning [PDF]
Teresa Bejarano From Holophrase to Syntax: Intonation and the Victory of Voice over Gesture [PDF]
Michael C. Corballis The Gradual Evolution of Language[PDF]
Erica Cosentino
Embodied Pragmatics and the Evolution of Language [PDF]
Peter Gärdenfors
The Evolution of Sentential Structure [PDF]
José Luis Guijarro
The Origin of Languages. A Constrained Set of Hypotheses [PDF]
James R. Hurford
What is Wrong, and What is Right, about Current Theories of
Language, in the Light of Evolution?
[PDF]
Adrien Meguerditchian, Jacques Vauclair
Communicative Signaling, Lateralization and Brain Substrate in Nonhuman Primates: Toward a Gestural or a Multimodal Origin of Language? [PDF]
Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
Residuals of Intelligent Design in Contemporary Theories about Language Nature and Origins [PDF]
Ian Tattersall
Language as a Critical Factor in the Emergence of Human Cognition [PDF]
Jordan Zlatev
Human Uniqueness, Bodily Mimesis and the Evolution of Language [PDF]
Ines Adornetti
Making Tools and Planning Discourse: the Role of Executive Functions in the Origin of Language [PDF]
Francesco Ferretti
Travelling in Time and Space at the Origins of Language [PDF]