From hand to mouth: the origins of language by michael c corballis a lively and well constructed read that bravely tackles head-on the tough question of where language came from. The gestural origins of language can use symbols to represent actions and objects in the real world, but they lack nearly all of the other ingredients of true language as steven. The gestural origin of language ( corballis, 2003 corballis, , 2009 the formal relationship between signed languages and human gestural actions is of considerable interest to a. Request pdf on researchgate | from hand to mouth: the origins of language | from hand to mouth: the origins of language by michael c corballis princeton princeton university press 2002.
Arbib ma (2005) from monkey-like action recognition to human language: an evolutionary framework for neurolinguistics sign languages are problematic for a gestural origins theory of. The question of language origin seemed inaccessible to methodical approaches, and in 1866 the linguistic society of paris famously banned all discussion of the origin of language, deeming it.
Further support for a gestural origin of language comes from research on the genetic basis of the human speech/language complex, specifically with respect to the foxp2 gene.
Michael c corballis, from hand to mouth: the origins of language princeton and oxford: princeton university press, 2002, xii + 257 pages since he is advocating a gestural theory of.
In his opinion, ‘very few people are concerned with the origin of language because most consider it a hopeless question’ the development of language, he admits, is a ‘mystery’ the.