An evolutionary approach to sign language emergence: From state to process

Yasamin Motamedi-Mousavi, Marieke Schouwstra, Simon Kirby

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Abstract

Understanding the relationship between gesture, sign, and speech offers a valuable tool for investigating how language emerges from a non linguistic state. We propose that the focus on linguistic status is problematic, and a shift to focus on the processes that shape these systems serves to explain the relationship between them and contributes to the central question of how language evolves.
Original languageEnglish
Article numbere65
Pages (from-to)35-36
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume40
Early online date26 Apr 2017
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 26 Apr 2017

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