Message and medium: Lowly and action-related origins
Peter F. MacNeilage a1andBarbara L. Davis a2 a1 Department of Psychology, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712
email@example.com a2 Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Texas at Austin, Austin, TX 78712
Hurford presents a much-needed lowly origins scenario for the evolution of conceptual precursors to lexical items. But more is still needed on action, regarding both the message level of lexical concepts and the medium. We summarize our complementary action-based lowly origins (frame/content) scenario for the vocal auditory medium of language, which, like Hurford's scenario, is anchored in a phylogenetically old neurological dichotomy.