As a testament to the scope of Peter MacNeilage’s scholarly work across his 40 year career, contributions to this tribute volume represent a broad spectrum of the seminal issues addressed by phonetic and evolutionary science over a number of years. Approaches to the problems raised by attempting to understand these fundamental topics are illustrated in the broad diversity of paradigms represented in the volume. This diversity in itself is a tribute to the breadth of scholarly questions pursued by MacNeilage across his career.
Chapters are arranged around five thematic areas. Two themes, Evolutionary Perspectives on Speech Production and Acquisition of Speech, reflect the major thrust of Peter’s scholarly career over the past 25 years. The other themes are reflective of the broad implications of MacNeilage’s work for scholars in disparate scientific domains. One of the strengths of this volume is the unitary focus of contributions by scientists from diverse scientific backgrounds in considering the applicability of the Frame Content Theory within their own scholarly perspectives. Thematic strands in the volume include:
B. Lindblom, Foreword. B.L. Davis, K. Zajdo, Introduction. P.F. MacNeilage, The Frame/Content Theory. Section 1. Evolutionary Perspectives. D. Kimbrough Oller, U. Griebel, The Origins of Syllabification in Human Infancy and in Human Evolution. L.-J. Boë, P. Bessière, N. Ladjili, N. Audibert, Simple Combinatorial Considerations Challenge Ruhlen’s Mother Tongue Theory. D. Demolin, The Frame/Content Theory and the Emergence of Consonants. J.L. Locke, Lipsmacking and Babbling: Syllables, Sociality, and Survival. Section 2. Neurobiological Aspects. L. Fogassi, P. Francesco Ferrari, Mirror Neurons and Evolution of Communication and Language. N.O. Schiller, Syllables in Psycholinguistic Theory: Now You See Them, Now You Don’t. Section 3. Perception/Action Relationships. J.J. Ohala, The Emergent Syllable. K. Schauwers, P.J. Govaerts, S. Gillis, Co-occurrence Patterns in the Babbling of Children with a Cochlear Implant. J.A. Moore, The Development of Consonant Vowel Syllables in Children Following Cochlear Implantation. F.J. van Beinum, Frames and Babbling in Hearing and Deaf Infants. Section 4. Acquisition of Speech. J.M. van der Stelt, Teething, Chewing, and the Babbled Syllable. C. Matyear, An Acoustical Analysis of Consonant-Vowel Co-occurrences in Babbling: Coronal and Dorsal Contexts. C. Stoel-Gammon, B. Peter, Syllables, Segments, and Sequences: Phonological Patterns in the Words of Young Children Acquiring American English. Section 5. Modeling and Movement. B. Lindblom, The Target Hypothesis, Dynamic Specification and Segmental Independence. M.A. Redford, P. van Donkelaar, Jaw Cycles and Linguistic Syllables in Adult English. Section 6. Alternative Perspectives on the Syllable. W. Sadler, The Syllable in Sign Language: Considering the Other Natural Language Modality. C. Abry, V. Ducey, A. Vilain, C. Lalevée, When the Babble-Syllable Feeds the Foot.