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Published in Nebraska Anthropologist Vol. 21 (2006). Copyright © Rory M. Larson; published by The University of Nebraska-Lincoln AnthroGroup.


A model of language and its evolution is proposed, based on the theory of concept and demand as essential features of human language. A continuous and plausible series of evolutionary stages from the origins of communication to modern human languages is suggested. It is argued that the differentiation of concept from demand is the crucial step which bridges the gap between animal communication systems and human language.

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