Whatever happened to articulate speech?

Peter F. MacNeilage

in The Descent of Mind

Published in print March 2000 | ISBN: 9780192632593
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191670497 | DOI:
Whatever happened to articulate speech?

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This chapter uses the neo-Darwinian perspective and some of Karl Lashley's insights to give an account of the nature of articulate speech which might help further understand its significance. While the location of speech specialisation might have a deep-seated origin, there is no question that the detailed form of speech is unique to hominids. There is no close functional analogue with the composition of speech in other mammalian vocalisation. The chapter argues that brain organisation underlying many aspects of speech production is amenable to explanation in terms not specific to speech. It adds that Lashley's serial order is the most important contribution to the history of cognitive neuroscience in setting the stage for the understanding of the relationship between cognition and action in higher organisms.

Keywords: Karl Lashley; articulate speech; hominids; brain organisation; speech production; serial order; cognitive neuroscience; cognition; action

Chapter.  11469 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Cognitive Psychology

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