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The Social Origins of Language$
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Daniel Dor, Chris Knight, and Jerome Lewis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665327.001.0001

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Language and symbolic culture: an outcome of hunter-gatherer reverse dominance

Language and symbolic culture: an outcome of hunter-gatherer reverse dominance

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(p.228) 17 Language and symbolic culture: an outcome of hunter-gatherer reverse dominance
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The Social Origins of Language
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Chris Knight

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665327.003.0017

Using language is ‘doing things with words’, but the action takes place not within physical reality (the world of brute facts) but exclusively within virtual reality (the world of institutional facts). Therefore, in order to explain how language evolved, we must first explain how virtual reality might have emerged. This chapter surveys currently circulating theories of the origin of language in the light of this requirement.

Keywords:   human revolution, dominance, reverse dominance, symbolic culture, institutional facts, brute facts, ochre, Female Cosmetic Coalitions, testability

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