Article published in:New Perspectives on the Origins of Language
Edited by Claire Lefebvre, Bernard Comrie and Henri Cohen
[Studies in Language Companion Series 144] 2013
► pp. 257–278
Sensorimotor constraints and the organization of sound patterns
In this chapter, we explore the relationships between sensorimotor constraints and the organization of sound patterns. An investigation of universal tendencies found in languages of the world reveals some recurrent patterns that are hypothesized to be related to the speaker’s production mechanism and the listener’s perceptual system. Linguistic/phonemic representations would thus be tightly related to physical and peripheral constraints, suggesting that the origins of languages are to be found, at least partly, in the human body.
Published online: 21 November 2013
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