Dancing on Thin Ice
Shanker & King (S&K) rightly stress that recent ape language research has important implications for language development and origins. But the evidence does not warrant their conclusion that we can dispense with representations. Indeed, their own discussion of the nature of communication highlights the central role that representations must play in our models of communicative competence, in and out of language.
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Kuczaj, S. A.,
Ramos, J. A.,
Paulos, R. L.
(2002). Dancing on Thin Ice. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 25(5), 629-+.
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