Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Dancing with humans: Interaction as unintended consequence

John L. Locke a1
a1 New York University, New York, NY 10003


Parallels to Shanker & King's (S&K's) proposal for a model of language teaching that values dyadic interaction have long existed in language development, for the neotenous human infant requires care, which is inherently interactive. Interaction with talking caregivers facilitates language learning. The “new” paradigm thus has a decidedly familiar look. It would be surprising if some other paradigm worked better in animals that have no evolutionary linguistic history.