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    Vocal Development as a Guide to Modeling the Evolution of Language.D. Kimbrough Oller, Ulrike Griebel & Anne S. Warlaumont - 2016 - Topics in Cognitive Science 8 (2):382-392.
    Modeling of evolution and development of language has principally utilized mature units of spoken language, phonemes and words, as both targets and inputs. This approach cannot address the earliest phases of development because young infants are unable to produce such language features. We argue that units of early vocal development—protophones and their primitive illocutionary/perlocutionary forces—should be targeted in evolutionary modeling because they suggest likely units of hominin vocalization/communication shortly after the split from the chimpanzee/bonobo lineage, and because early development of (...)
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    Emergence of Functional Flexibility in Infant Vocalizations of the First 3 Months.Yuna Jhang & D. Kimbrough Oller - 2017 - Frontiers in Psychology 8.
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    Language Origins Viewed in Spontaneous and Interactive Vocal Rates of Human and Bonobo Infants.D. Kimbrough Oller, Ulrike Griebel, Suneeti Nathani Iyer, Yuna Jhang, Anne S. Warlaumont, Rick Dale & Josep Call - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
    From the first months of life, human infants produce “protophones,” speech-like, non-cry sounds, presumed absent, or only minimally present in other apes. But there have been no direct quantitative comparisons to support this presumption. In addition, by 2 months, human infants show sustained face-to-face interaction using protophones, a pattern thought also absent or very limited in other apes, but again, without quantitative comparison. Such comparison should provide evidence relevant to determining foundations of language, since substantially flexible vocalization, the inclination to (...)
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    Developmental Plasticity and Language: A Comparative Perspective.Ulrike Griebel, Irene M. Pepperberg & D. Kimbrough Oller - 2016 - Topics in Cognitive Science 8 (2):435-445.
    The growing field of evo-devo is increasingly demonstrating the complexity of steps involved in genetic, intracellular regulatory, and extracellular environmental control of the development of phenotypes. A key result of such work is an account for the remarkable plasticity of organismal form in many species based on relatively minor changes in regulation of highly conserved genes and genetic processes. Accounting for behavioral plasticity is of similar potential interest but has received far less attention. Of particular interest is plasticity in communication (...)
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    The Origin of Protoconversation: An Examination of Caregiver Responses to Cry and Speech-Like Vocalizations.Hyunjoo Yoo, Dale A. Bowman & D. Kimbrough Oller - 2018 - Frontiers in Psychology 9.
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    Reliability of Listener Judgments of Infant Vocal Imitation.Helen L. Long, D. Kimbrough Oller & Dale A. Bowman - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
    There are many theories surrounding infant imitation; however, there is no research to our knowledge evaluating the reliability of listener perception of vocal imitation in prelinguistic infants. This paper evaluates intra- and inter-rater judgments on the degree of “imitativeness” in utterances of infants below 12 months of age. 18 listeners were presented audio segments selected from naturalistic recordings to represent in each case a parent vocal model followed by an infant utterance ranging from low to high degrees of imitativeness. The (...)
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    Acoustic Correlates and Adult Perceptions of Distress in Infant Speech-Like Vocalizations and Cries.Hyunjoo Yoo, Eugene H. Buder, Dale D. Bowman, Gavin M. Bidelman & D. Kimbrough Oller - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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    On Quantitative Comparative Research in Communication and Language Evolution.D. Kimbrough Oller & Ulrike Griebel - 2014 - Biological Theory 9 (3):296-308.
    Quantitative comparison of human language and natural animal communication requires improved conceptualizations. We argue that an infrastructural approach to development and evolution incorporating an extended interpretation of the distinctions among illocution, perlocution, and meaning can help place the issues relevant to quantitative comparison in perspective. The approach can illuminate the controversy revolving around the notion of functional referentiality as applied to alarm calls, for example in the vervet monkey. We argue that referentiality offers a poor point of quantitative comparison across (...)
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  9. Vocal interaction dynamics of children with and without autism.Anne S. Warlaumont, D. Kimbrough Oller, Rick Dale, Jeffrey A. Richards, Jill Gilkerson & Dongxin Xu - 2010 - In S. Ohlsson & R. Catrambone (eds.), Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society.
     
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    How the language capacity was naturally selected: Altriciality and long immaturity.D. Kimbrough Oller & Ulrike Griebel - 2006 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 29 (3):293-294.
    Critical factors that appear to encourage vocal development in humans are altriciality and long immaturity. Hominid infants appear to have evolved a specific tendency to use elaborate vocalization as a means of soliciting long-term investment from caregivers. The development of such vocal capacity provides necessary infrastructure for language development across human life history.
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    New Frontiers in Language Evolution and Development.D. Kimbrough Oller, Rick Dale & Ulrike Griebel - 2016 - Topics in Cognitive Science 8 (2):353-360.
    This article introduces the Special Issue and its focus on research in language evolution with emphasis on theory as well as computational and robotic modeling. A key theme is based on the growth of evolutionary developmental biology or evo-devo. The Special Issue consists of 13 articles organized in two sections: A) Theoretical foundations and B) Modeling and simulation studies. All the papers are interdisciplinary in nature, encompassing work in biological and linguistic foundations for the study of language evolution as well (...)
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    Language origins viewed in spontaneous and interactive vocal rates of human and bonobo infants.D. Kimbrough Oller, Ulrike Griebel, N. Suneeti, Yuna Jhang, Anne S. Warlaumont, Rick Dale & Chris Callaway - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
    From the first months of life, human infants produce “protophones,” speech-like, non-cry sounds, presumed absent, or only minimally present in other apes. But there have been no direct quantitative comparisons to support this presumption. In addition, by 2 months, human infants show sustained face-to-face interaction using protophones, a pattern thought also absent or very limited in other apes, but again, without quantitative comparison. Such comparison should provide evidence relevant to determining foundations of language, since substantially flexible vocalization, the inclination to (...)
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    Noam Chomsky’s Role in Biological Theory: A Mixed Legacy.D. Kimbrough Oller - 2008 - Biological Theory 3 (4):344-350.
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    Phonation takes precedence over articulation in development as well as evolution of language.D. Kimbrough Oller - 2014 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 37 (6):567-568.
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  15. A reanalysis of Lenneberg's Biological foundations of language by a behaviorist and a nativist.Stephen I. Sulzbacher & D. Kimbrough Oller - 1974 - Behaviorism 2 (2):146-161.
     
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    Development and Evolution in Human Vocal Communication.D. Kimbrough Oller - 2006 - Biological Theory 1 (4):349-351.
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    Functionally Flexible Signaling and the Origin of Language.D. Kimbrough Oller & Ulrike Griebel - 2021 - Frontiers in Psychology 11.
    At the earliest break of ancient hominins from their primate relatives in vocal communication, we propose a selection pressure on vocal fitness signaling by hominin infants. Exploratory vocalizations, not tied to expression of distress or immediate need, could have helped persuade parents of the wellness and viability of the infants who produced them. We hypothesize that hominin parents invested more in infants who produced such signals of fitness plentifully, neglecting or abandoning them less often than infants who produced the sounds (...)
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    Temporal Coordination in Mother–Infant Vocal Interaction: A Cross-Cultural Comparison.Lama K. Farran, Hyunjoo Yoo, Chia-Cheng Lee, Dale D. Bowman & D. Kimbrough Oller - 2019 - Frontiers in Psychology 10.
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