present issue

ORIGIN AND EVOLUTION OF LANGUAGE


edited by
Francecso Ferretti
Ines Adornetti

issue 27 - December 2014

introduction

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

On the Relationship between the Air Sacs Loss in the Genus Homo and Duality of Patterning

Lluís Barceló-Coblijn

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From Holophrase to Syntax: Intonation and the Victory of Voice over Gesture

Teresa Bejarano

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The Gradual Evolution of Language

Michael C. Corballis

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Embodied Pragmatics and the Evolution of Language

Erica Cosentino

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The Evolution of Sentential Structure

Peter Gärdenfors

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The Origin of Languages. A Constrained Set of Hypotheses

José Luis Guijarro

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What is Wrong, and What is Right, about Current Theories of Language, in the Light of Evolution?

James R. Hurford

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Communicative Signaling, Lateralization and Brain Substrate in Nonhuman Primates: Toward a Gestural or a Multimodal Origin of Language?

Adrien Meguerditchian, Jacques Vauclair

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Residuals of Intelligent Design in Contemporary Theories about Language Nature and Origins

Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone

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Language as a Critical Factor in the Emergence of Human Cognition

Ian Tattersall

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Human Uniqueness, Bodily Mimesis and the Evolution of Language

Jordan Zlatev

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Making Tools and Planning Discourse: the Role of Executive Functions in the Origin of Language

Ines Adornetti

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Travelling in Time and Space at the Origins of Language

Francesco Ferretti

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Books Reviews

The Recursive Mind. The Origins of Human Language, Thought, and Civilization
by Michael C. Corballis

Silvia Felletti

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More than Nature Needs. Language, Mind, and Evolution
by Derek Bickerton

Serena Nicchiarelli

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Commentaries

Origins of Human Communication
by Michael Tomasello

Alessandra Chiera

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