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

Language evolution has long been researched. I will review a number of broad, emerging research directions which arguably have the potential to contribute to our understanding of language evolution. Emerging topics in genomics and neurolinguistics are explored, and 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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Published in: Frontiers in Psychology (Evolutionary Psychology)
keywords: domestication syndrome, molecular clock, genetic drift, globularity, language evolution, basicranial angle, birdsong, semantics, syntax
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