Prelinguistic evolution in early hominins: whence motherese?

  • Dean Falk
  • Published 2004 in The Behavioral and brain sciences

Abstract

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… (More)

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