No Country for Oldowan Men: Self-Domestication and Cranial Globularity as Factors in Language Evolution
Elliot Murphy
January 2019

Language evolution has long been researched. I will review a number of emerging research directions which arguably have the potential to provide a finer-grained and more structured picture of how and when the capacity for language emerged. In particular, human-specific levels of braincase globularity – and the broader process of self-domestication within which globularity seems capable of being encapsulated – will be argued to be the central pillars of any satisfactory and interdisciplinary model of language evolution.
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Reference: lingbuzz/004387
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Published in: UCL Working Papers in Linguistics
keywords: domestication syndrome, molecular clock, genetic drift, globularity, language evolution, basicranial angle, birdsong, semantics, syntax
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