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The Birth and Evolution of Symbolic Information

Department of Computer Sciences, Universidade Federal de Lavras, Lavras 37200-900, Brazil
Theoretical Information Studies (TIS) Conference, Berkeley, California, USA, 2–6 June 2019.
Proceedings 2020, 47(1), 19;
Published: 13 May 2020
(This article belongs to the Proceedings of IS4SI 2019 Summit)
This work presents the main points of Deacon’s theory about the emergence of human language, which are summarized as follows: (1) a relaxed selection processes with the evolution of cooperative social life; (2) the development of first simple symbolic information systems of earlier hominids; (3) their long evolution to language over 2 million years, in a bio-cultural co-evolution of both language and the brain. It examines the main foundations of Deacon’s theory, how these have been deepened gradually, and the hypotheses concerning the first symbolic systems and possible ways that they evolved to language and human species.
Keywords: language; evolution; symbolic system; emergence language; evolution; symbolic system; emergence
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