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The multimodal origins of linguistic communication

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dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.contributor.author Żywiczyński, Przemysław
dc.date.accessioned 2017-01-30T09:11:28Z
dc.date.available 2017-01-30T09:11:28Z
dc.date.issued 2016
dc.identifier.citation Language & Communication
dc.identifier.other DOI:10.1016/j.langcom.2016.10.001
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/4030
dc.description.abstract Why is language unique? How and why did it emerge? Such questions are emblematic of the Western intellectual tradition, and while some even today see them as intractable, a majority consider the problem of language origins as difficult but possible to address scientifically: “the hardest problem in science”. Such questions are the domain of language evolution: an interdisciplinary and inclusive research area unified by a common goal: to explain the emergence and subsequent development of the species-specific human ability to acquire and use language. In this brief introduction, we describe the transition of the field from mostly theoretical “grand questions” to mostly empirical research focused on narrowly defined puzzles. Increasingly many such specific, empirically addressable puzzles revolve around the motif of sensory modality, which – we argue – is as central to determining the origins of linguistic communication as to understanding its present nature.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was funded by the Faculty of Languages, Nicolaus Copernicus University, research fund.
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Poland
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.rights.uri http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/3.0/pl/
dc.subject language evolution
dc.subject language origins
dc.subject multimodality
dc.subject Evolang
dc.subject Protolang
dc.subject protolanguage
dc.title The multimodal origins of linguistic communication
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/article


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