Continuities in vocal communication argue against a gestural origin of language

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (2):144-145 (2005)
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Abstract

To conclude that language evolved from vocalizations, through gestures, then back to vocalizations again, one must first reject the simpler hypothesis that language evolved from prelinguistic vocalizations. There is no reason to do so. Many studies – not cited by Arbib – document continuities in behavior, perception, cognition, and neurophysiology between human speech and primate vocal communication.

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