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Yule Chapter 1 - The Origins of Language


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The divine source (göttliche Quelle)
If human infants grew up without hearing any language, they would spontaneously begin using the original God given language.
The natural sound source
Concept of natural sounds
Primitive words derive from imitating the natural sound that early human heard -- the Bow-Wow-Theory
The Bow-Wow-Theory (natural sound source)
1. Objects were imitated "coo-coo", "caw-caw" (obj. flewing by)
2. Words refer to the objects they describe
Words that sound similar to the noises they describe. (Boom, splash, buzz)
(natural sound source)
Idea that speech developed from the instinctive sounds people make in emotional circumstances. ( ohh, ahh, ouch, wow)
Social interaction source
Idea that the source could be the sounds people make involved in physical efforts. (Grunts, groans, hums,..)
! This idea places the development in a SOCIAL CONTEXT!) -- sounds were used in SOCIAL INTERACTION
The physical interaction source 1
Idea that physical features might have been able to support speech production.
The physical interaction source
Teeth and lips: upright, intricate muscles
Mouth: small, open+close rapidly
Tongue: short, thick, muscular
Larynx: position
Pharynx: resonator for increased range and charity of sounds
! All in comparison to animals!
The tool-making source
Manual gestures may have been precursor of language.

The human brain (lateralized)
area of motor cortex is very close to the articulatory area.
Tool-using --- Language-using
The genetic source
Human offspring are born with a capacity for language, like no other creature.

Innate hypothesis-crucial mutation