Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants and the Origins of Language

Front Cover, Limited, Oct 1, 2010 - 392 pages
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Scientists have long theorized that abstract, symbolic thinking evolved to help humans negotiate such classically male activities as hunting, tool making, and warfare, and eventually developed into spoken language. In Finding Our Tongues, Dean Falk overturns this established idea, offering a daring new theory that springs from a simple observation: parents all over the world, in all cultures, talk to infants by using baby talk or ''Motherese.'' Falk shows how Motherese developed as a way of reassuring babies when mothers had to put them down in order to do work. The melodic vocalizations of early Motherese not only provided the basis of language but also contributed to the growth of music and art. Combining cutting-edge neuroscience with classic anthropology, Falk offers a potent challenge to conventional wisdom about the emergence of human language.

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Review: Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language

User Review  - Louise - Goodreads

This book is an anthropological look at the origin of human speech. The first 70 or so pages (comprising more than a third of the book) contain very little on language. Author Dean Falk talks about ... Read full review

Review: Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origins of Language

User Review  - Melissa - Goodreads

Interesting and I wanted more. This is rather thin for this type of book, I could have easily read more background if it had been included. Read full review

About the author (2010)

Dean Falk is a Senior Scholar at the School for Advanced Research in Santa Fe, New Mexico. Her previous books include "Finding Our Tongues: Mothers, Infants, and the Origin of Language" and "Braindance, Revised and Expanded Edition: New Discoveries about Human Origins and Brain Evolution".

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