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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


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?
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]