Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
MacNeilage: Evolution of speech

Frame dominance: A developmental phenomenon?

Lorraine McCune a1
a1 Department of Educational Psychology, Graduate School of Education, Rutgers University, New Brunswick, NJ 08903


Developmental aspects of the frame/content perspective are explored in relation to (1) transitions in early language acquisition, (2) possible differential neurological control for babbling and early and later speech, and (3) development of word production templates in precocious early speakers. Proportionally high frequency of bilabial stops in early stable words versus babble offers advantages for afferent monitoring and supporting “frame dominance.”