Music, Language, and Human Evolution
This introductory chapter discusses the theme of the volume which is about the role of music in human evolution and its relationship to the development of language. It examines the role of music in the evolution of human abilities, the evolution of the human vocal tract, the development of musical capacities in hominins and an evolutionary account of voice production in music. It also explores the development of musical instruments and the musical practices of hunters-gatherers, the evolutionary function of song and dance and the development of ritual culture, encephalization and imitation.
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