Language evolution


This project was primarily theoretical in orientation. Its point of departure was the research on speech perception with neonates, infants, and non-human species. It is assumed that the discontinuities in the perception of the various acoustic dimensions constitutes to the basis for the typology of the distinctive features of natural human languages. Since much the same discontinuities occur with non-human species, this auditory basis probably gave rise to the capacity for language in homo sapiens with respect to the configuration of the vocal tract and the phylogeny of the structure of phonological systems in natural human languages.