Whence Language? The Role of Mothers and Infants
Membership Lecture, The New Mexico History Museum Auditorium
Thursday, September 18, 2014, 6:30–7:30 pm, Free for SAR members • $10 for nonmembers
Scientists have long theorized that symbolic language emerged prehistorically from abstract thinking used to negotiate classically male activities such as hunting, tool production, and warfare. In this lively talk, evolutionary anthropologist Dean Falk explores evidence that suggests otherwise. Parents the world over speak to infants in a special way—baby talk, musical speech, “motherese”—which helps them acquire their native language. This presentation considers how and why it first appeared in our ancestors and the likely role of prehistoric mothers and infants in the subsequent origin of symbolic language.
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Sponsored by Betty and Luke Vortman Endowment Fund