Pragmatics, prosody, and evolution: Language is more than a symbolic system

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (2):136-137 (2005)
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Abstract

The model presented in the target article is biased towards a cognitive-symbolic understanding of language, thus ignoring its other important aspects. Possible relationships of this cognitive-symbolic subsystem to pragmatics and prosody of language are discussed in the first part of the commentary. In the second part, the issue of a purely social versus biological mechanisms for transition from protolanguage to properly language is considered.

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