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Evolutionary perspectives on language and music from a contemporary hunter-gatherer's point of view

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Humanity evolved its characteristic communicative practices while living as African hunter-gatherers. The ethnography of contemporary egalitarian African hunter-gatherers offers important insights into the role early musicking behaviours may have served our distant ancestors. Building on insights published in 2017, this talk elaborates specifically on the role of song in supporting the evolution of the human communicative spectrum, political organisation and the gendered nature of the human division of labour.

This talk is part of the CMS seminar series in the Faculty of Music series.

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