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J. Goard

the point of such evolution cannot have been either the future development of either a musical or a linguistic ability.

Sure, but it could have developed before or after a rich lexicon of atomic symbols, or early syntagmatic constructions in the manual/facial/visual medium. The hypothesis of Armstrong, Stokoe and Wilcox (1995) still seems strong. As I recall, it is essentially that manual gestures supported a gradual development from more to less iconic signs, and from simple to complex constructions, and that traits facilitating oral language evolved within an already symbol-rich species (that was doing a lot of things where it was very useful to communicate without visual contact ot having one's hands free).

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