The frame/content theory of evolution of speech production

  title={The frame/content theory of evolution of speech production},
  author={Peter F. MacNeilage},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={499 - 511}
  • P. MacNeilage
  • Published 1 August 1998
  • Biology
  • Behavioral and Brain Sciences
The species-specific organizational property of speech is a continual mouth open-close alternation, the two phases of which are subject to continual articulatory modulation. The cycle constitutes the syllable, and the open and closed phases are segments – vowels and consonants, respectively. The fact that segmental serial ordering errors in normal adults obey syllable structure constraints suggests that syllabic “frames” and segmental “content” elements are separately controlled in the speech… 
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