An evolutionary perspective on the human capacity for singing

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This chapter places the human capacity for singing in an evolutionary context. It surveys the archeological evidence for the anatomical adaptations on which the ability to sing depends, including those related to auditory perception and its link to controlled phonation. The question of why humans have two communicative systems – speech and song – is addressed, as well as some of the developmental inhibitions that arise from these overlapping behaviors.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationThe Routledge Companion to Interdisciplinary Studies in Singing
EditorsF. Russo, B. Ilari, A. Cohen
Number of pages13
ISBN (Electronic)9781351672047
ISBN (Print)9781138059306
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2020


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