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The Emergence of Protolanguage

Holophrasis vs compositionality

The Emergence of Protolanguage by Michael A. Arbib
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In dealing with the nature of protolanguage, an important formative factor in its development, and one that would surely have influenced that nature, has too often been neglected: the precise circumstances under which protolanguage arose. Three factors are involved in this neglect: a failure to appreciate radical differences between the functions of language and animal communication, a failure to relate developments to the overall course of human evolution, and the supposition that protolanguage represents a package, rather than a series of separate developments that sequentially impacted the communication of pre-humans. An approach that takes these factors into account is very briefly suggested.
John Benjamins Publishing Company; September 2010
195 pages; ISBN 9789027287823
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Title: The Emergence of Protolanguage
Author: Michael A. Arbib; Derek Bickerton