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The Social Origins of Language$
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Daniel Dor, Chris Knight, and Jerome Lewis

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780199665327

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2014

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665327.001.0001

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BaYaka Pygmy multi-modal and mimetic communication traditions

BaYaka Pygmy multi-modal and mimetic communication traditions

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(p.77) 7 BaYaka Pygmy multi-modal and mimetic communication traditions
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The Social Origins of Language
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Jerome Lewis

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665327.003.0007

By examining a set of similarities shared by Pygmy hunter-gatherer groups across Central Africa, this chapter suggests that they represent remnants of an ancient hunter-gatherer culture. They share a mimetic language style, polyphonic music, egalitarian social and political organization, and a forest-dependent lifestyle that shed light on the social conditions in which language evolved. By focusing on the range of BaYaka Pygmy communicative practices the chapter examines the role of mimesis in diverse activities from ritual to speech to hunting. The different but complementary communicative roles of music and language are explored to show how deceptive sounds aimed at non-humans can, in the context of a trusting human community, be reversed and deployed within the group to serve language-like functions. Gendered mimicry serves both to drive lexicon and enforce a normative order.

Keywords:   Pygmy, hunter-gatherer, ritual, music, speech, egalitarianism, mimicry, immediate-return society, Aka, BaYaka, Baka, Mbuti

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