Evolutionary ecology of spoken language: co-evolutionary hypotheses are testable


Steele, T. J. M. and Buckley, C. (2002) Evolutionary ecology of spoken language: co-evolutionary hypotheses are testable. World Archaeology, 34, (1), 26-46. (DOI: 10.1080/00438240220134241).

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Evolutionary ecological frameworks can give us new insights into the emergence of human adaptations such as language and cultural learning. There now exist several well-specified models of the social and ecological conditions in which the human capacity for language came under strong positive selection pressure. We critically review them, and ask how we can test them using archaeological evidence. We identify a series of critical archaeological and palaeontological parameters whose values we must know if we are to discriminate among competing hypotheses of the evolutionary ecology of language.

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Keywords: Evolution Of Language, Speech, Vocal Tract, Group Size, Sexual Selection, Life History Strategy, Co-EVOLUTION
Subjects: C Auxiliary Sciences of History > CC Archaeology
Divisions: University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities > Archaeology
University Structure - Pre August 2011 > School of Humanities
ePrint ID: 12059
Date Deposited: 18 Dec 2004
Last Modified: 27 Mar 2014 18:03
URI: http://eprints.soton.ac.uk/id/eprint/12059

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