This article considers evidence for innate motives for sharing rituals and symbols from animal semiotics, developmental neurobiology, physiology of prospective motor control, affective neuroscience and infant communication. Mastery of speech and language depends on polyrhythmic movements in narrative activities of many forms. Infants display intentional activity with feeling and sensitivity for the contingent reactions of other persons. Talk shares many of its generative powers with music and the other ‘imitative arts’. Its special adaptations concern the capacity to produce and learn an endless range of sounds to label discrete learned understandings, topics and projects of intended movement.
|Title of host publication||Theories and models of communication|
|Editors||Paul Cobley, Peter J Schulz|
|Place of Publication||Berlin|
|Number of pages||24|
|Publication status||Published - Jan 2013|
|Name||Handbooks of Communication Science|
- motor control
- animal semiotics
- infant communication
Delafield-Butt, J., & Trevarthen, C. (2013). Theories of the development of human communication. In P. Cobley, & P. J. Schulz (Eds.), Theories and models of communication (pp. 199-222). (Handbooks of Communication Science). Berlin.