Joint origins of speech and music: Testing evolutionary hypotheses on modern humans

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Abstract

How music and speech evolved is a mystery. Several hypotheses on their origins, including one on their joint origins, have been put forward but rarely tested. Here we report and comment on the first experiment testing the hypothesis that speech and music bifurcated from a common system. We highlight strengths of the reported experiment, point out its relatedness to animal work, and suggest three alternative interpretations of its results. We conclude by sketching a future empirical programme extending this work.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)169-176
Number of pages8
JournalSemiotica
Volume2021
Issue number239
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Mar 2021

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