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It's Been Said Before

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: Social Influences on Vocal Development
Edited By: Charles T. Snowdon

Both song and language require species-specific stimulation at a sensitive
period in development, as well as subsequent practice (subsong and plastic
song in birds and babbling in infant humans) that leads to the development
of characteristic vocalizations for each species. This book illustrates how
social interactions during development can shape vocal learning and extend
the sensitive period beyond infancy, and how social companions can induce
flexibility even into adulthood. This book shows how social companions in a
wide range of species including birds and humans as well as cetaceans and
nonhuman primates play important roles in the shaping of vocal production
as well as the comprehension and appropriate use of vocal communication.

Publication Year: 1997
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Sociolinguistics
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