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Theory Biosci. 2010 Sep;129(2-3):203-10. doi: 10.1007/s12064-010-0094-8. Epub 2010 May 26.

Grammatical equivalents of Palaeolithic tools: a hypothesis.

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Centro de Filosofia das Ciências da Universidade de Lisboa, Lisbon, Portugal. vieyrantonio@hotmail.com

Abstract

In this article, language is considered as a behavioural trait evolving by means of natural selection, in co-evolution with the Palaeolithic tool industries. This perspective enables an analysis of the grammatical and syntactic equivalents of the multiple abilities and effects of lithic tools across the successive modes of their development and consider their influence in intra-group communication and the social biology of the hominine species concerned. The hypothesis is that grammatical equivalents inherent to stone tool work guide the evolution of language.

PMID:
20502979
DOI:
10.1007/s12064-010-0094-8
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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