The missing link's missing link: Syllabic vocalizations at 3 months of age

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 21 (4):514-515 (1998)
If syllables are the link between nonhuman calls and human speech, as MacNeilage suggests, then that link is actually revealed in the sounds of the 3-month-old infant, well before the reduplicative babbling of the 8-month-old. Anatomical, acoustic, cognitive, and social perceptual evidence supports this earlier landmark
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