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    Locke, John L. 2009. Evolutionary developmental linguistics: Naturalization of the faculty of language. Language Sciences, Vol. 31, Issue. 1, p. 33.

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Trickle-up phonetics: A vocal role for the infant

  • John L. Locke (a1)
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  • Published online: 01 August 2004

Falk claims that human language took a step forward when infants lost their ability to cling and were placed on the ground, increasing their fears, which mothers assuaged prosodically. This claim, which is unsupported by anthropological and psychological evidence, would have done little for the syllabic and segmental structure of language, and ignores infants' own contribution to the process.

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Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • ISSN: 0140-525X
  • EISSN: 1469-1825
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