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The thinking is certainly close to Malinowski at this point: Art has 'survived'; cultures containing art have outlived and replaced those that have not, because art adapts the psyche to the environment, and is therefore one of the conditions of the development of society. 23 In Principles of Literary Criticism I. A. Richards had also offered a theory of culture which placed the ordering, classifying mind at the centre of human development. Like Malinowski he saw this organism developing in response to the pressures of natural selection, becoming more ordered and systematised, and providing the basis for more systematic and 'less wasteful' human order and values.
The demands of economic co-operation - perhaps for hunting - made essential the denomination of objects and processes in external reality not instinctively responded to. Perhaps gesture stepped in, and by a pictographic mimicking of a piece of external reality with lips and tongue, man modified an instinctive sound, a feeling-symbol, to serve also as the symbol of a piece of external reality. Language was born. 11 42 Christopher Caudwell Caudwell argued that the stimulus for speech was economic cooperation in the labour process and that it was, therefore, rhythmical.
The development of human beings through the use of tools stimulated a labour process which necessitated human communication. . the development of labour necessarily helped to bring the members of society together by increasing cases of mutual support and joint activity, and by making clear the advantage of this joint activity to each individual. In short men in the making arrived at that point where they had something to say to each other .... First labour, and after it and then with it speech- these were the two most essential stimuli under the influence of which the brain of the ape gradually changed into that of man ....