This chapter attempts to make a start in detailing the structure and nature of protolinguistic activity in its individual and social usage. This leads to a model for explaining a natural developmental flow (also allowing for, incorporating, and making understandable inventive ‘leaps’) in the semantic evolution of the race and the individual before — and into — language. After first acquiring a language (racially or individually), the use of protolanguage cannot be abandoned. The subtle interplay between language and protolanguage and their separate domains of semantic dominance and richness call for investigation.
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