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  • Phonemic clicks and the mapping asymmetry: How language emerged and speech developed. [Review]
    Neurosci Biobehav Rev 2017; 81(Pt B):279-294Huybregts MACR
  • Language existed before human populations became separated (all descendant populations have language) but language did not emerge until long after these population divergences occurred (behavioral modernity only showed then). Distinguishing capacity for language from externalized language resolves the apparent paradox, eliminates the need of proto-language, and rules out monogenesis. Speech emerg…
  • Darwin and the linguists: the coevolution of mind and language, Part 1. Problematic friends. [Journal Article]
    Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci 2007; 38(3):573-84Alter SG
  • In his book The descent of man (1871), Charles Darwin paid tribute to a trio of writers (Hensleigh Wedgwood, F. W. Farrar, and August Schleicher) who offered naturalistic explanations of the origin of language. Darwin's concurrence with these figures was limited, however, because each of them denied some aspect of his thesis that the evolution of language had been coeval with and essential to the…
  • Kant on epigenesis, monogenesis and human nature: the biological premises of anthropology. [Historical Article]
    Stud Hist Philos Biol Biomed Sci 2006; 37(4):675-93Cohen AA
  • The aim of this paper is to show that for Kant, a combination of epigenesis and monogenesis is the condition of possibility of anthropology as he conceives of it and that moreover, this has crucial implications for the biological dimension of his account of human nature. More precisely, I begin by arguing that Kant's conception of mankind as a natural species is based on two premises: firstly the…
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