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Pragmatics, prosody, and evolution: Language is more than a symbolic system

  • Boris Kotchoubey (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X05340039
  • Published online: 01 April 2005
Abstract

The model presented in the target article is biased towards a cognitive-symbolic understanding of language, thus ignoring its other important aspects. Possible relationships of this cognitive-symbolic subsystem to pragmatics and prosody of language are discussed in the first part of the commentary. In the second part, the issue of a purely social versus biological mechanisms for transition from protolanguage to properly language is considered.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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