Primate feedstock for the evolution of consonants

Adrian R. Lameira, Ian Maddieson & Klaus Zuberbühler

Résumé The evolution of speech remains an elusive scientific problem. A widespread notion is that vocal learning, underlined by vocal-fold control, is a key prerequisite for speech evolution. Although present in birds and non-primate mammals, vocal learning is ostensibly absent in non-human primates. Here we argue that the main road to speech evolution has been through controlling the supralaryngeal vocal tract, for which we find evidence for evolutionary continuity within the great apes.
Citation Lameira, A. R., Maddieson, I., & Zuberbühler, K. (2014). Primate feedstock for the evolution of consonants. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 18(2), 60-62.
Type Article de périodique (Anglais)
Date de publication 2014
Nom du périodique Trends in Cognitive Sciences
Volume 18
Numéro 2
Pages 60-62