The Gestural Theory of and the Vocal Theory of Language Origins Are Not Incompatible with One Another

  • Nobuo Masataka


This book as a whole outlines an approach to the origins of language as the evolution of expressive and communicative behavior of primates, especially until the emergence of single word utterances in Homo sapiens sapiens as it is observed currently. It argues that expressive and communicative actions evolved as a complex and cooperative system with other elements of the human’s physiology, behavior and social environment.


Language Origin Pitch Contour Gestural Theory Infant Vocalization Maternal Speech 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Nobuo Masataka
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  1. 1.Primate Research InstituteKyoto UniversityInuyama, AichiJapan

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