Hunting and the development of sign language: a cross-cultural test

Journal of Anthropological Research Vol/Iss. 33 Published In Pages: 185-201
By Divale, William Tulio, Zipin, Clifford


The association between hunting and sign language is examined. It is hypothesized that sign language develops as a form of nonverbal communication to aid hunters in the coordinated stalking of game. Ethnographic evidence supports this hypothesis. A second hypothesis is also tested concerning the relationship between population size and non-verbal communication, however sampling procedures provided an inadequate test of this hypothesis.

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