Pantomimic Conceptions of Language Origins

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dc.contributor.author Wacewicz, Sławomir
dc.contributor.author Żywiczyński, Przemysław
dc.date.accessioned 2019-11-25T12:33:00Z
dc.date.available 2019-11-25T12:33:00Z
dc.date.issued 2019-11-25
dc.identifier.uri http://repozytorium.umk.pl/handle/item/6194
dc.description This is a draft of a chapter that has been accepted for publication by Oxford University Press in the forthcoming book Oxford Handbook of Human Symbolic Evolution, 2nd edition, edited by A. Lock, C. Sinha, N. Gontier, due for publication in 2020.
dc.description.abstract Could pantomime have been the key step in the evolutionary emergence of symbolic communication? Such a possibility has been consistently present in the intellectual reflection on language origins. What makes pantomime interesting from this perspective is its rich expressive potential, since it can convey open-ended, semantically universal and displaced meanings without relying on semiotic conventions, so that spontaneous pantomimes can be recognized as such and successfully interpreted. Definitions are important in classifying a particular scenario as “pantomimic”. In this chapter, we employ a ‘rich’ definition of pantomime: we describe it as bodily-mimetic communication which is non-conventional, improvised, performed with the whole body, holistic, communicatively and semantically complex. Based on this foundation, we review and evaluate pantomimic accounts of language origins, from the past to the present, and we particularly focus on the contemporary pantomime accounts given by Michael Arbib, Michael Tomasello, and Jordan Zlatev.
dc.description.sponsorship This research was supported by grant UMO-2017/27/B/HS2/00642 from the Polish National Science Centre
dc.language.iso eng
dc.rights info:eu-repo/semantics/openAccess
dc.subject pantomime
dc.subject mime
dc.subject gesture
dc.subject mimesis
dc.subject multimodality
dc.subject language evolution
dc.subject protolanguage
dc.subject iconicity
dc.subject conventionalization
dc.subject enactment
dc.title Pantomimic Conceptions of Language Origins
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/bookPart
dc.type info:eu-repo/semantics/preprint

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