The Evolution of Human Language

Scenarios, principles, and cultural dynamics

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Wolfgang Wildgen presents three perspectives on the evolution of language as a key element in the evolution of mankind in terms of the development of human symbol use. (1) He approaches this question by constructing possible scenarios in which mechanisms necessary for symbolic behavior could have developed, on the basis of the state of the art in evolutionary anthropology and genetics. (2) Non-linguistic symbolic behavior such as cave art is investigated as an important clue to the developmental background to the origin of language. Creativity and innovation and a population's ability to integrate individual experiments are considered with regard to historical examples of symbolic creativity in the visual arts and natural sciences. (3) Probable linguistic 'fossils' of such linguistic innovations are examined.

The results of this study allow for new proposals for a 'protolanguage' and for a theory of language within a broader philosophical and semiotic framework, and raises interesting questions as to human consciousness, universal grammar, and linguistic methodology. (Series B)

[Advances in Consciousness Research, 57]  2004.  xii, 240 pp.
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Table of Contents
Acknowledgments
xi
1. Introduction
1
2. Basic scenarios and forces in the evolution of human language
5
3. Expression and appeal in animal and human communication with special consideration of laughter
25
4. The evolution of cognitive control in tool-making and tool-use and the emergence of a theory of mind
43
5. The evolution of pre-historic art and the transition to writing systems
61
6. Symbolic creativity in language, art, and science and the cultural dynamics of symbolic forms
93
7. “Fossils” of evolution in the lexicon of HAND and EYE (mainly in German, English and French)
137
8. The form of a “protolanguage” and the contours of a theory of language evolution
159
9. Symbolic forms, generalized media, and their evolution
185
10. Consciousness, linguistic universals, and the methodology of linguistics
199
Notes
209
References
215
Index of proper names
229
Subject index
233
Index of principles and hypotheses
237
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Subjects

Consciousness Research

Consciousness research

Linguistics

Cognitive linguistics

Philosophy

Philosophy
BIC Subject: JMT – States of consciousness
BISAC Subject: PSY020000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2004045067