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Chris Knight, Jerome Lewis
Wild Voices: Mimicry, Reversal, Metaphor And The Emergence Of Language
Tuesday, May 23, 2017 - 18:45
Two social anthropologists will draw on primatology, palaeolithic archaeology, evolutionary anthropology and hunter-gatherer ethnography to explain how language in our species evolved.
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Our evening talks include discussion, are free and open to all.
Next evening class
Jerome has many years experience in the field, working with the Bayaka hunter-gatherers in the Congo Basin in Central Africa. This is a ground-breaking study of the central importance to women of the link between their bodies and the Moon. Bayaka men are made aware that even though, as husbands, they may have some sexual expectations, the Moon's own demands come first! Women's solidarity is fundamental to the unusually egalitarian dynamics of Bayaka society.