Unbalanced human apes and syntax
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Primate Behavior and Ecology
We propose that the fine discrete movements of the tongue as used in speech are what account for the extreme lateralization in humans, and that handedness is a mere byproduct of tongue use. With regard to syntax, we support the Armstrong et al. (1995) proposition that syntax derives directly from gestural motor movements as opposed to facial expressions.
Fouts, R. S., & Waters, G. (2003). Unbalanced human apes and syntax. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 26(02), 221–222. https://doi.org/10.1017/s0140525x03370062
Behavioral and Brain Sciences
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