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Int J Evol Biol. 2011;2011:382679. doi: 10.4061/2011/382679. Epub 2011 Apr 14.

The archaeological record speaks: bridging anthropology and linguistics.

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  • 1Departament de Filologia Catalana and Centre de Lingüística Teòrica, Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona, Edifici B, 08193 Barcelona, Spain.

Abstract

This paper examines the origins of language, as treated within Evolutionary Anthropology, under the light offered by a biolinguistic approach. This perspective is presented first. Next we discuss how genetic, anatomical, and archaeological data, which are traditionally taken as evidence for the presence of language, are circumstantial as such from this perspective. We conclude by discussing ways in which to address these central issues, in an attempt to develop a collaborative approach to them.

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21716806
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PMC3123707
DOI:
10.4061/2011/382679
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