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An evolutionary approach to sign language emergence: From state to process

Motamedi, Y; Schouwstra, M; Kirby, S; (2017) An evolutionary approach to sign language emergence: From state to process. Behavioral and Brain Sciences , 40 , Article e65. 10.1017/S0140525X15003003. Green open access

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Abstract

Understanding the relationship between gesture, sign, and speech offers a valuable tool for investigating how language emerges from a nonlinguistic state. We propose that the focus on linguistic status is problematic, and a shift to focus on the processes that shape these systems serves to explain the relationship between them and contributes to the central question of how language evolves.

Type: Article
Title: An evolutionary approach to sign language emergence: From state to process
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X15003003
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X15003003
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Div of Psychology and Lang Sciences > Experimental Psychology
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1567160
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