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Early hominins, utterance-activity, and niche construction

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  14 February 2005

Stephen J. Cowley
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Department of Social Sciences and Humanities, University of Bradford, Bradford BD7 1DP, United Kingdom; Psychology, University of KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa
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Abstract:

Falk's argument takes for granted that “protolanguage” used a genetic propensity for producing word-forms. Using developmental evidence, I dispute this assumption and, instead, reframe the argument in terms of behavioral ecology. Viewed as niche-construction, putting the baby down can help clarify not only the origins of talk but also the capacity to modify what we are saying as we speak.

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