Prelinguistic evolution in early hominins: Whence motherese?

  title={Prelinguistic evolution in early hominins: Whence motherese?},
  author={Dean Falk},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={491 - 503}
  • D. Falk
  • Published 1 August 2004
  • Medicine, Psychology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
In order to formulate hypotheses about the evolutionary underpinnings that preceded the first glimmerings of language, mother-infant gestural and vocal interactions are compared in chimpanzees and humans and used to model those of early hominins. These data, along with paleoanthropological evidence, suggest that prelinguistic vocal substrates for protolanguage that had prosodic features similar to contemporary motherese evolved as the trend for enlarging brains in late australopithecines/early… Expand
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