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Music, Language, and Human Evolution$
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Nicholas Bannan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.001.0001

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Music, Language, and Human Evolution

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Music, Language, and Human Evolution
Nicholas Bannan
Oxford University Press

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.

Keywords:   music, human evolution, language, human abilities, musical instruments, hominins, hunters-gatherers, song and dance, ritual culture, encephalization

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