From hand to mouth: Some critical stages in the evolution of language

Steklis, Horst Dieter and Harnad, Stevan (1976) From hand to mouth: Some critical stages in the evolution of language. [Book Chapter]

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A theory of the evolution of lanaguage, beginning with bipedalism and lateralization, through instrumental and iconic gesture, to arcbitrary symbols, propositions and speech. The "translatability thesis" is also introduced, to the effect that all languages are intertranslatable (hence all can express any and every proposition).

Item Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:language, evolution, lateralization, gesture, propositions, symbols, translatability, speech
Subjects:Biology > Evolution
Psychology > Cognitive Psychology
Psychology > Evolutionary Psychology
Linguistics > Historical Linguistics
ID Code:866
Deposited By: Harnad, Stevan
Deposited On:15 Jul 2000
Last Modified:11 Mar 2011 08:54

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