ERIC Number: ED058776
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971
Reference Count: 0
Speech Cues and Sign Stimuli.
Mattingly, Ignatius G.
Parallels between sign stimuli and speech cues suggest some interesting speculations about the origins of language. Speech cues may belong to the class of human sign stimuli which, as in animal behavior, may be the product of an innate releasing mechanism. Prelinguistic speech for man may have functioned as a social-releaser system. Human language developed as a result of the intellect, which was capable of making a semantic representation of the world of experience and the phonetic social-releaser system. Linguistic capacity--the ability to learn the grammar of a language--was also necessary. Grammar evolved to interrelate the semantic product of the intellect and the phonetic product of the prelinguistic communication system. References are included. (Author/VM)
Descriptors: Acoustics, Animal Behavior, Articulation (Speech), Artificial Speech, Auditory Discrimination, Auditory Perception, Behavior Patterns, Information Processing, Intellectual Development, Language Acquisition, Language Patterns, Language Research, Neurological Organization, Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Signs, Sound Spectrographs, Speech, Stimuli
Publication Type: N/A
Education Level: N/A
Sponsor: Department of State, Washington, DC. Board of Foreign Scholarships.; Cambridge Univ. (England). King's Coll.
Authoring Institution: Haskins Labs., New Haven, CT.
Note: In "Speech Research," July 1-September 30, 1971