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  • adjective Preceding the use of true language


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pre- +‎ linguistic


  • Intimations Ode is sounded early on in the cognate object "sing a joyous song" (l. 19): echoic token of that pastoral "There was a time" (l. 1) when birds were everywhere and full-throated — and where the epithet "joyous" was as taken for granted, in the tautologies of the prefallen, as that prelinguistic song sung.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • In his book The Singing Neanderthals, University of Reading archaeologist Steven Mithen proposes these early people had a prelinguistic communication system more like music than speech.


  • And it is the subsequent mourning for two English romantics in this same poem, Wordsworth following Byron, that gets more than its share of the prelinguistic "Ah" — and with it a subtextual roiling of further elegiac energy at the phonemic level.

    Phonemanography: Romantic to Victorian

  • Pity Whorf didn't have a prelinguistic nephew, I guess.

    I blame Sartorias

  • In explaining the behavior of nonlinguistic and prelinguistic creatures cognitive ethologists and developmental psychologists often appeal to representational states.

    Nonconceptual Mental Content

  • The possibility of an affirmative answer to this question is important for many theorists who wish to employ the notion of nonconceptual content to explain the behavior of nonlinguistic and prelinguistic creatures (depending, of course, on how demanding their notion of a concept is).

    Nonconceptual Mental Content

  • Those are the two important prelinguistic "number" systems.

    Archive 2007-11-01

  • Those are the two important prelinguistic "number" systems.

    How do children learn to count? Part 2

  • Disobeying the 19th-century "rule" laid down at Le Cercle de Linguistique de Paris (forbidding the presentation of any paper dealing with the origin of language), Waldron presents a theory, that is at once logical, biological, and psychological, showing how language naturally emerges from its prelinguistic antecedents (perceptual and behavioral) to become the key factor in the development of a distinctively human kind of intelligence and thought.

    VERBATIM: The Language Quarterly Vol XII No 2

  • As the only species to engage in organized learning such as schools and tutoring, homo sapiens also draw on three uniquely human social skills that are fundamental to how we learn and develop: imitation, which accelerates learning and multiplies learning opportunities; shared attention, which facilitates social learning; and empathy and social emotions, which are critical to understanding human intelligence and appear to be present even in prelinguistic children.



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