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Readership: Scholars and advanced students of the evolution of language including linguists, anthropologists, primatologists, archaeologists, cognitive scientists, and those working on artificial intelligence. General readers interested in the subject and in science more generally.
Edited by Rudolf Botha, University of Stellenbosch, and Chris Knight, University of East London
1: Rudolf Botha: Introduction: Rewards and Challenges of Multi-perspectival Work on the Evolution of Language and Speech
2: Robin Dunbar: Why Only Humans Have Language
3: Luc Steels: Is Sociality a Crucial Prerequisite for the Emergence of Language?
4: Steven Mithen: Holistic Communication and the Co-evolution of Language and Music: Resurrecting an Old Idea
5: Ian Cross and Ghofur Eliot Woodruff: Music as a Communicative Medium
6: John Odling-Smee and Kevin N. Laland: Cultural Niche construction: Evolution's Cradle of Language
7: Sonia Ragir and Sue Savage-Rumbaugh: Playing With Meaning: Normative Function and Structure in Play
8: David A. Leavens, Timothy P. Racine, and William D. Hopkins: The Ontogeny and Phylogeny of Non-verbal Deixis
9: Simone Pika and John C. Mitani: The Directed Scratch: Evidence for a Referential Gesture in Chimpanzees?
10: Maggie Tallerman: The Origins of the Lexicon: How a Word-store Evolved
11: Eric Reuland: Language-symbolization and Beyond
12: Elly van Gelderen: Grammaticalization From a Biolinguistic Perspective
13: Frederick L. Coolidge and Thomas Wynn: Recursion, Phonological Storage Capacity, and the Evolution of Modern Speech
14: Bart de Boer: Why Women Speak Better Than Men and its Significance for Evolution
15: Wendy K. WIlkins: Mosaic Neurobiology and Anatomical Plausibility