Continuity, displaced reference, and deception

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Falk's contribution to a continuity theory of the origins of language would be complemented by an account of the origins of displaced reference, a key characteristic distinguishing human language from animal signaling systems. Because deception is one situation in which nonhumans may use signals in the absence of their referents, deception may have been the starting point for displaced reference.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)510-511
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number4
StatePublished - Aug 2004

All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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