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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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The Vocal Learning Constellation

The Vocal Learning Constellation

Imitation, Ritual Culture, Encephalization

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Music, Language, and Human Evolution

Björn Merker

Oxford University Press

This chapter examines the role of voice learning in the development of some human traits including brain expansion, ritual culture, and imitation. It analyses imitation and ritual culture in nature and discusses the role of voice as a comprehensive fitness indicator. It also considers how voice learning influenced encephalization and human evolution and suggests that human language may have been incubated in the medium of vocal learning in the form of ritual traditions of context-specific song.

Keywords:   voice learning, brain expansion, ritual culture, imitation, encephalization, human language, context-specific song

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