From natural gestures to complex grammar: Review of Origins of Human Communication by Michael Tomasello. The MIT Press, 2008

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    Abstract

    The study of language origins and evolution, although livelier than ever, as evidenced by recent literature (e.g. Ref. [1]), has been afflicted by fundamental disagreements over what language is. It has been defined, on the one hand, as a human-specific capacity specialized for translating thoughts into sequences of sounds [2,3], whereas, on the other hand, it has been considered to be an application of general cognitive skills that is indisolvably embedded in social, developmental and phylogenetic contexts.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)295-296
    JournalTrends in Ecology and Evolution
    Volume24
    Issue number6
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - Jun 2009

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