BEFORE THE BEGINNING OF WORDS

  • Attempts to explain the evolution of language overlooked that it evolved in verbal and non-verbal stages.
  • Non-verbal stages of language include hyper-cooperation, intersubjectivity and joint attention. Verbal stages include words and grammar.
  • The best way to make progress in the evolution of language is the focus on the origins of words, not grammar.”

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Born in Portland when all was calm just before WWII. Educated formally at NU and U of Chicago Div School. Clergy for ten years. Always happy on high prairie.

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Mary Strachan Scriver

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Born in Portland when all was calm just before WWII. Educated formally at NU and U of Chicago Div School. Clergy for ten years. Always happy on high prairie.

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