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Music, Language, and Human Evolution$
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Nicholas Bannan

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780199227341

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.001.0001

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When the Words Dry Up

When the Words Dry Up

Music and Material Metaphors Half a Million Years ago

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(p.81) 4 When the Words Dry Up
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Music, Language, and Human Evolution
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Clive Gamble

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:osobl/9780199227341.003.0004

This chapter examines the relation between music and material metaphors about half a million years ago. It highlights the importance of emotion in social life and describes a model that relates music to the changing dominance of container metaphors based on the body. It analyses archaeological evidence about the performance spaces that arose from social gatherings in the past and discusses rational approaches to symbolically-based behaviors and relational approaches to musical metaphors. The chapter concludes that music has always been a part of hominin social life and that is co-opted to enhance positive emotions at hominin gatherings.

Keywords:   music, material metaphors, social life, emotion, musical metaphors, hominins

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