Structure and stimulation in the ontogeny of spoken language.

@article{Locke1990StructureAS,
  title={Structure and stimulation in the ontogeny of spoken language.},
  author={John L. Locke},
  journal={Developmental psychobiology},
  year={1990},
  volume={23 7},
  pages={
          621-43
        }
}
Linguistic innateness is a fundamentally physical notion, which ultimately requires independent physical evidence. For spoken language, it is relevant to consider babbling, components of which are unaffected by ambient stimulation and are predicted by models of vocal tract function. Links between babbling and speech point to innate factors in the ontogeny of spoken language and invite attention to central control mechanisms. These neural capabilities enable oral language learning by providing… CONTINUE READING

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