Prosody as an intermediary evolutionary stage between a manual communication system and a fully developed language faculty

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (4):521-522 (2004)
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Based on the motor theory of language, which asserts an evolution from gestures along several stages to today's speech and language, we suggest that speech ontogeny may partly reflect speech phylogeny, in that perception of prosodic contours is an intermediary stage between a manual communication system and a fully developed language faculty.
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