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    Serrurier, Antoine Badin, Pierre Barney, Anna Boë, Louis-Jean and Savariaux, Christophe 2012. The tongue in speech and feeding: Comparative articulatory modelling. Journal of Phonetics, Vol. 40, Issue. 6, p. 745.


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  • John J. Ohala (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 August 1998

There is not enough reason to believe that syllables are primary in speech and evolved from the cyclic movements of chewing. There are many differences between chewing and speech and it is equally plausible that what is primary in speech is a succession of auditorily robust modulations of various acoustic parameters (amplitude, periodicity, spectrum, pitch); syllables could have evolved from this.

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