From Signal to Symbol: The Evolution of Language (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology)

From Signal to Symbol: The Evolution of Language (Life and Mind: Philosophical Issues in Biology and Psychology)
English | October 12th, 2021 | ISBN: 0262045974 | 296 pages | True EPUB | 1.44 MB


A novel account of the evolution of language and the cognitive capacities on which language depends.

In From Signal to Symbol, Ronald Planer and Kim Sterelny propose a novel theory of language: that modern language is the product of a long series of increasingly rich protolanguages evolving over the last two million years. Arguing that language and cognition coevolved, they give a central role to archaeological evidence and attempt to infer cognitive capacities on the basis of that evidence, which they link in turn to communicative capacities.

Countering other accounts, which move directly from archaeological traces to language, Planer and Sterelny show that rudimentary forms of many of the elements on which language depends can be found in the great apes and were part of the equipment of the earliest species in our lineage. After outlining the constraints a theory of the evolution of language should satisfy and filling in the details of...

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