Unbalanced human apes and syntax
|Roger S. Fouts a1 and Gabriel Waters a2|
a1 Chimpanzee and Human Communication Institute, Central Washington University, Ellensburg, WA 98926-7573
a2 Department of Linguistics, University of New Mexico, Albuquerque, NM 87131-1196
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.