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Evolution of the human tongue and emergence of speech biomechanics
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.ORCID iD: 0000-0002-6739-0838
KTH, School of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science (EECS), Intelligent systems, Speech, Music and Hearing, TMH.ORCID iD: 0000-0001-9327-9482
2023 (English)In: Frontiers in Psychology, E-ISSN 1664-1078, Vol. 14, article id 1150778Article, review/survey (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

The tongue is one of the organs most central to human speech. Here, the evolution and species-unique properties of the human tongue is traced, via reference to the apparent articulatory behavior of extant non-human great apes, and fossil findings from early hominids - from a point of view of articulatory phonetics, the science of human speech production. Increased lingual flexibility provided the possibility of mapping of articulatory targets, possibly via exaptation of manual-gestural mapping capacities evident in extant great apes. The emergence of the human-specific tongue, its properties, and morphology were crucial to the evolution of human articulate speech.

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Frontiers Media SA , 2023. Vol. 14, article id 1150778
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evolution of speech, speech articulation, human evolution, speech production, primatology, articulatory phonetics, coarticulation, speech motor control
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URN: urn:nbn:se:kth:diva-330517DOI: 10.3389/fpsyg.2023.1150778ISI: 001004893900001PubMedID: 37325743Scopus ID: 2-s2.0-85162047256OAI: oai:DiVA.org:kth-330517DiVA, id: diva2:1777927
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