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Media: Article: Gestural Theory, New York Times

Submitter: Stirling Newberry

Submitter Email: stnewberry@earthlink.net
Media Body: Today's New York Times:


"What a hairy back!" was Lily Tomlin's candidate for the first human
sentence. But whatever the content of that original remark, if Michael
C. Corballis is correct, it was expressed in gestures, not words.

Mr. Corballis, a psychologist at the University of Auckland, in New
Zealand, is the latest proponent of a controversial idea known among
language experts as the "gestural theory." In essence, gestural
theorists contend that long before early humans spoke they jabbered
away with their hands."

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giving an email address.

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Issue Number: 13.1399
Date Posted: May 18, 2002

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