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Prosody as an intermediary evolutionary stage between a manual communication system and a fully developed language faculty

  • Andreas Rogalewski (a1), Caterina Breitenstein (a1), Agnes Floel (a2) and Stefan Knecht (a1)
  • DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S0140525X04420111
  • Published online: 01 August 2004
Abstract

Based on the motor theory of language, which asserts an evolution from gestures along several stages to today's speech and language, we suggest that speech ontogeny may partly reflect speech phylogeny, in that perception of prosodic contours is an intermediary stage between a manual communication system and a fully developed language faculty.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
  • URL: /core/journals/behavioral-and-brain-sciences
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