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The case for Neanderthal language - How strong is it?
Högskolan för lärande och kommunikation, Högskolan i Jönköping, Medie-, litteratur- och språkdidaktik.
2012 (English)In: The evolution of language: proceedings of the 9th International Conference (EVOLANG9), Kyoto, Japan, 13-16 March 2012, Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated , 2012Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

Did Neanderthals have language? This issue has been debated back and forth for decades, without resolution. But in recent years new evidence has become available. New fossils and archaeological finds cast light on relevant Neanderthal anatomy and behaviour. New DNA evidence, both fossil and modern, provides clues both to the relationship between Neanderthals and Homo sapiens, and to the genetics of language. In this paper, I review and evaluate the available evidence. My conclusion is that the preponderance of the evidence supports the presence of some form of language in Neanderthals.

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Singapore: World Scientific Publishing Company, Incorporated , 2012.
Keyword [en]
language evolution, neanderthals
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General Language Studies and Linguistics
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URN: urn:nbn:se:du-13684ISBN: 9789814401500 (print)OAI: oai:DiVA.org:du-13684DiVA: diva2:694110
Conference
9th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, March 13-16 2012, Kyoto, Japan
Available from: 2011-11-15 Created: 2014-02-05 Last updated: 2014-02-14Bibliographically approved

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