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Early hominins, utterance-activity, and niche construction

  • Stephen J. Cowley (a1)

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Falk's argument takes for granted that “protolanguage” used a genetic propensity for producing word-forms. Using developmental evidence, I dispute this assumption and, instead, reframe the argument in terms of behavioral ecology. Viewed as niche-construction, putting the baby down can help clarify not only the origins of talk but also the capacity to modify what we are saying as we speak.

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Early hominins, utterance-activity, and niche construction

  • Stephen J. Cowley (a1)

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