How Language Evolved From Music.

Evening talk

Jerome Lewis

How Language Evolved From Music.

Tuesday, December 3, 2019 - 18:45

Archaeology Lecture Theatre, entrance via the Institute of Archaeology, 31-34 Gordon Sq., London WC1H 0BW. Tube: Euston Square. map

An exploration of the many connections between music and language. Jerome is a leading figure in the field of language evolution, and one of the very few to base his thinking on his experiences living with a contemporary hunter-gatherer population. Drawing on many years of fieldwork with the Bayaka/Mbendjele people of the Congo Basin, he shows how women's polyphonic singing, designed to keep dangerous predators at bay, forms one part of the explanation for human vocal skills, while another is the hunter's skill in imitating animal cries.

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