Trickle-up phonetics: A vocal role for the infant

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):516-516 (2004)
Falk claims that human language took a step forward when infants lost their ability to cling and were placed on the ground, increasing their fears, which mothers assuaged prosodically. This claim, which is unsupported by anthropological and psychological evidence, would have done little for the syllabic and segmental structure of language, and ignores infants' own contribution to the process.
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