Prelinguistic evolution in early hominins: whence motherese?

@article{Falk2004PrelinguisticEI,
  title={Prelinguistic evolution in early hominins: whence motherese?},
  author={Dean Falk},
  journal={The Behavioral and brain sciences},
  year={2004},
  volume={27 4},
  pages={491-503; discussion 503-83}
}
  • Dean Falk
  • Published 2004 in The 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… CONTINUE READING
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