Tecumseh Fitch’s Publications

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  1. Fitch, W. T. (2007). “Linguistics: An Invisible Hand,” Nature 449, 665-667. (PDF)
  2. Fitch, W. T., & Hauser, M. D. (2004). Computational constraints on syntactic processing in a nonhuman primate. Science, 303, 377-380. (PDF)
  3. Hauser, M., Chomsky, N. & Fitch, W. T. (2002). The Language Faculty: What is it, who has it, and how did it evolve? Science, 298, 1569-1579. (PDF)
  4. Fitch, W.T. and D. Reby (2001), The descended larynx is not uniquely human. Proceedings of the Royal Society, B, 268(1477): 1669-1675. (PDF)
  5. Fitch, W. T. (1997). Vocal tract length and formant frequency dispersion correlate with body size in rhesus macaques, Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 102: 1213-1222. (PDF)
  6. Fitch, W. T. (2000). “The evolution of speech: a comparative review,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 4(7): 258-267. (PDF)
  7. Fitch, W. T., Neubauer, J., & Herzel, H. (2002). Calls out of chaos: The adaptive significance of nonlinear phenomena in mammalian vocal production. Animal Behaviour. 63: 407-418. (PDF)

The rest, backwards by date (PDFs when I am first author):

  1. Charlton, B. D., Ellis, W. A. H., McKinnon, A. J., Brumm, J., Nilsson, K., and Fitch, W. T. (2011). “Perception of male caller identity in koalas (Phascolarctos cinereus): acoustic analysis and playback experiments,” PLoS ONE 6, e20329.
  2. Fitch, W. T. (2011). “Unity and diversity in human language,” Philosophical Transactions of The Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 366, 376-388.
  3. Fitch, W. T. (2011). “Deep Homology” in the Biology & Evolution of Language,” in The Biolinguistic Enterprise: New Perspectives on the Evolution and Nature of the Human Language Faculty, edited by A. M. Di Sciullo, and C. Boeckx (Oxford University Press, Oxford), pp. 135-166.
  4. W. Tecumseh Fitch. Review. Unity and diversity in human language. Phil. Trans. R. Soc. B. (2011) 366, 376-388 (PDF)
  5. Herbst, C., Fitch, W. T., and Svec, J. G. (2010). “Electroglottographic wavegrams: A technique for visualizing vocal fold dynamics noninvasively,” J. Acoustic. Soc. Am. 128, 3070-3078.
  6. Fitch, W. T. (2010). “Three Meanings of “Recursion”: Key Distinctions for Biolinguistics,” in The Evolution of Human Language: Biolinguistic Perspectives, edited by R. Larson, V. Déprez, and H. Yamakido (Cambridge University Press, Cambridge, UK), pp. 73-90.
  7. Titze, I. R., Fitch, W. T., Hunter, E. J., Alipour, F., Montequin, D., Armstrong, D. L., McGee, J., and Walsh, E. J. (2010). “Vocal power and pressure-flow relations in excised tiger larynges,” Journal of Experimental Biology 213, 3866-3873.
  8. Fitch, W. T., Huber, L. & Bugnyar, T. 2010 Social Cognition and the Evolution of Language: Constructing Cognitive Phylogenies. Neuron 65, 795-814. (PDF)
  9. Fitch, W. T. (2008). “Glossogeny and Phylogeny: Cultural Evolution meets Genetic Evolution,” Trends in Genetics 24, 373-374 (PDF)
  10. Fitch, W. T. (2007) “Nano-Intentionality: A Defense of Intrinsic Intentionality” Biology & Philosophy 23:157-177 (PDF)
  11. Fitch, W. T. (in press). “The Evolution of Language: A Comparative Perspective,” in Oxford Handbook of Psycholinguistics, edited by G. Gaskell. Oxford University Press, Oxford.
  12. Fitch, W. T. (in press) Functional Evolution of the Vocal Production System. In: MIT Encyclopedia of Communication Sciences and Disorders (Ed. Kent, Raymond D.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press.
  13. Fitch, W. Tecumseh, and Rosenfeld, Andrew J. (2007). “Perception and production of syncopated rhythms,” Music Perception 25, 43-58. (PDF)
  14. Fitch, W. T. (2007). “Evolving Meaning: The Roles of Kin Selection, Allomothering and Paternal Care in Language Evolution,” in Emergence of Communication and Language, edited by C. Lyon, C. Nehaniv, and A. Cangelosi. Springer, New York pp 29-51.
  15. Fitch, W. T., and Fritz, J. B. (2006). “Rhesus macaques spontaneously perceive formants in conspecific vocalizations,” J. Acoustic. Soc. Am. 120:2132-2141 (PDF)
  16. Fitch, W. T. (2006). “Production of Vocalizations in Mammals,” in Encyclopedia of Language and Linguistics, edited by K. Brown (Elsevier, Oxford), pp. 115-121. (PDF)
  17. Fitch, W. T. (2006). “The biology and evolution of music: A comparative perspective,” Cognition 100, 173-215. (PDF)
  18. Fitch, W. T. (2006). “On the biology and evolution of music,” Music Perception 24, 85-88. (PDF)
  19. Zaccarelli, R., Elemans, C. P. H., Fitch, W. T., and Herzel, H. (2006). “Modelling Bird Songs: Voice Onset, Overtones and Registers,” Acta Acustica.
  20. Harris, T., R, Fitch, W. T., Goldstein, L. M., and Fashing, P. J. (2006). “Black and white colobus monkey (Colobus guereza) roars as a source of both honest and exaggerated information about body mass,” Ethology 112, 911-920.
  21. Hatzikirou, H., Fitch, W. T., and Herzel, H. (2006). “Voice instabilities due to source-tract interactions,” Acta Acustica 92, 468-474.
  22. Reby, D., McComb, K., Cargnelutti, B., Darwin, C., Fitch, W. T., and Clutton-Brock, T. (2005). “Red deer stags use formants as assessment cues during intrasexual agonistic interactions,” Proc. Roy. Soc. Lond., B 272, 941-947.
  23. Fitch, W. T. (2005). “The Evolution of Music in Comparative Perspective,” in The Neurosciences and Music II: From Perception to Performance, edited by G. Avanzini, L. Lopez, S. Koelsch, and M. Majno (New York Academy of Sciences, New York), pp. 29-49. (PDF)
  24. Fitch, W. T. (2005). Dancing to Darwin’s Tune: Review of Mithen 2005. Nature, 438:288 (PDF)
  25. Fitch, W. T., Hauser, M. D., & Chomsky, N. (2005). The Evolution of the Language Faculty: Clarifications and Implications. Cognition 97(2): 179-210. (PDF)
  26. Fitch, W. T. (2005). Protomusic and protolanguage as alternatives to protosign (comment on Arbib). Behavioral & Brain Sciences, 28(2), 132-133.
  27. O’Donnell, T. J., Hauser, M. D., & Fitch, W. T. (2005). Using mathematical models of language experimentally. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 9(6), 284-289. (PDF)
  28. Fitch, W. T. (2005). Computation and Cognition: Four distinctions and their implications. In A. Cutler (Ed.), Twenty-First Century Psycholinguistics: Four Cornerstones (pp. 381-400). Mahwah, NJ: Lawrence Erlbaum. (PDF)
  29. Fitch, W. T. (2005). The evolution of language: A comparative review. Biology and Philosophy, 20, 193-230. (PDF)
  30. Fitch, W. T. (2004). The search for meaning: Review of King 2004. Nature, 432, 804-805. (PDF)
  31. Fitch, W. T. (2004). Die Stimme – aus biologischer Sicht. In B. Felderer (Ed.) (pp. 85-102). Berlin: Matthes & Seitz. (PDF)
  32. Fitch, W. T. (2004). The evolution of language. In: The Cognitive Neurosciences (3rd Edition, Ed. by Gazzaniga, M.). Cambridge, MA: MIT Press. (PDF)
  33. Fitch, W. T. (2004). Evolving Honest Communication Systems: Kin Selection and “Mother Tongues”. In: Evolution of Communication Systems: A Comparative Approach (Ed. by Oller, D. K. & Griebel, U.). pp. 275-296. Cambridge, Massachusetts: MIT Press. preprint (small:PDF) (final scan large: PDF)
  34. Fitch, W. T. & Hauser, M. D. (2002). Unpacking “Honesty”: Vertebrate Vocal Production and the Evolution of Acoustic Signals. In: Acoustic Communication (Ed. Simmons, A. M., Fay, R. R. & Popper, A. N.), pp. 65-137. New York: Springer. (PDF)
  35. Fitch, W. T. (2002). The Evolution of Spoken Language: A Comparative Approach. In: International Conference on Spoken Language Processing (Ed. by Hansen, J. L.), pp. 1-8. Denver, Colorado: University of Colorado.
  36. Fitch, W. T. (2002). Primate Vocal Production and its Implications for Auditory Research. In: Primate Audition: Ethology and Neurobiology (Ed. Ghazanfar, A.), pp. 87-108. Boca Raton, FL: CRC Press. (PDF)
  37. Hauser, M. D. & Fitch, W. T. (2002). What are the uniquely human components of the language faculty? In: Language Evolution: The State of the Art (Ed. by Christensen, M. & Kirby, S.), pp. 158-181. Oxford: Oxford Unviersity Press.
  38. Weissengrüber, G. E., Forstenpointner, G., Peters, G., Kübber-Heiss, A. & Fitch, W. T. (2002). Hyoid apparatus and pharynx in the lion (Panthera leo), jaguar (Panthera onca), tiger (Panthera tigris), cheetah (Acinonyx jubatus), and domestic cat (Felis silvestris f. catus). Journal of Anatomy (London), 201, 195-209.
  39. Fitch, W. T. (2002). Comparative Vocal Production and the Evolution of Speech: Reinterpreting the Descent of the Larynx. In: The Transition to Language (A. Wray, Ed.), Oxford: Oxford University Press pp 21-45 . (PDF)
  40. Gennari, S., Sloman, S., Malt, B. & Fitch, W. T. (2002). Motion Events in Language and Cognition. Cognition 83: 49-79.
  41. Loeb, R. G. & Fitch, W. T. (2002). A laboratory evaluation of an auditory display designed to enhance intraoperative monitoring. Anesthesia and Analgesia, 94, 362-368.
  42. Fitch, W. T. (2002). The evolution of language comes of age. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 6, 278-279. (PDF)
  43. Fitch, W. T. (2001) Review of ‘Approaches to the Evolution of Language’. Anthropological Linguistics 43: 236-242.
  44. Fitch, W. T. (2000). Vocal production in nonhuman mammals: Implications for the evolution of speech. The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 3rd International Conference, 102-103.
  45. Fitch, W. T. (2000) Skull dimensions in relation to body size in nonhuman mammals: The causal bases for acoustic allometry. Zoology 103: 40-58. (PDF)
  46. Jungers, W. J., Holloway, R. L., Fitch, W. T. & Smith, R. J. (2000). Brain size and body size covariation in hominoids. American Journal of Physical Anthropology, Supp 30, 191.
  47. Fitch, W. T. (2000). “Evolution of speech: Reply to Skoyles” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 4: 405-406 (PDF)
  48. Fitch, W. T. (2000). “The evolution of speech: a comparative review,” Trends in Cognitive Sciences 4(7): 258-267. (PDF)
  49. Fitch, W. T. (2000). “The phonetic potential of nonhuman vocal tracts: Comparative cineradiographic observations of vocalizing animals,” Phonetica 57: 205-218. (PDF) This is a big file (it is scanned).
  50. Fitch, W. T., & Kelley, J. P. (2000). “Perception of vocal tract resonances by whooping cranes, Grus americana,” Ethology 106(6): 559-574. (PDF)
  51. Riede, T., & Fitch, W. T. (1999). “Vocal tract length and acoustics of vocalization in the domestic dog Canis familiaris,” Journal of Experimental Biology 202: 2859-2867. (PDF)
  52. Fitch, W. T. (1999): “Review of ‘The Origin and Diversification of Language’”. American Anthropologist.
  53. Fitch, W. T. and Giedd, J (1999): “Morphology and development of the human vocal tract: A study using MRI”. Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 106: 1511-1522. (PDF)
  54. Fitch, W. T. (1999): “Acoustic exaggeration of size in birds by tracheal elongation: Comparative and theoretical analyses” Journal of Zoology (London) 248: 31-49. Discussed in “News & Views”, Nature 399: 109.
  55. ICAD-NSF Report Committee, G. Kramer (Ed.) (1999): “The Sonification Report: Status of the Field and Research Agenda”. National Science Foundation White Paper. Report authors: G. Kramer (Ed.), B. Walker, T. Bonebright, P. Cook, J. Flowers; N. Miner; J. Neuhoff, R. Bargar, S. Barrass, J. Berger, G. Evreinov, W. T. Fitch, M. Grohn, Handel, H. Kaper, H. Levkowitz, S. Lodha, B. Shinn-Cunningham, M. Simoni, S. Tipei
  56. Mergell, P., Fitch, W. T., & Herzel, H. (1999). “Modeling the role of non-human vocal membranes in phonation,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 105(3): 2020-2028. (PDF)
  57. Fitch, W. T. (1998). “Vocal tract dynamics during calling in nonhuman animals,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 104(3): 1811.
  58. Hauser, M. D. and Fitch, W. T. (1998): “Reidentification and Redescription”. Behavioral & Brain Sciences 21.
  59. Fitch, W. T. and Hauser, M. D. (1998): “Differences that make a difference: Do locus equations result from physical principles characterizing all mammalian vocal tracts?” Behavioral & Brain Sciences 21(2): 264-265.
  60. Fitch, W. T. (1998). “Modules, Minds and Mutant Monkeys: A Review of ‘The Symbolic Species’ by Terrence W. Deacon,” Boston Review of Books, March.
  61. Fitch, W. T. S (1998). U.S. Patent 5730140 “Sonification system using synthesized realistic sounds modified by other medically-important variables for physiological monitoring”.
  62. Fitch, W. T. (1997): “Innate mechanisms and the evolution of language,” Mother Tongue 3: 123-134.
  63. Fitch, W. T. (1997). “Vocal tract length and formant frequency dispersion correlate with body size in rhesus macaques,” Journal of the Acoustical Society of America 102: 1213-1222. (PDF)
  64. Fitch, W. T. and Hauser, M. D. (1995): “Vocal Production in Nonhuman Primates: Acoustics, Physiology and Functional Constraints on ‘Honest’ Advertising”. American Journal of Primatology 37: 191-219. (PDF)
  65. Fitch, W. T. and Kramer, G. (1994): “Sonifying the Body Electric: Superiority of an Auditory over a Visual Display in a Complex, Multi-Variate System”. In: ‘Auditory Display. Sonification, Audification, and Auditory Interfaces’ (Ed. G. Kramer). Santa Fe Institute Studies in the Sciences of Complexity, Vol 18. Reading, MA: Addison-Wesley.
  66. Fitch, W. T. (1994). Vocal tract length perception and the evolution of language. Ann Arbor, Michigan: UMI Dissertation Services. (PDF)
  67. Norcross, J. L., Newman, J. D. and Fitch, W. T. (1994): “Responses to Natural and Synthetic Phee calls by Common Marmosets (Callithrix jacchus)”. American Journal of Primatology 33: 15-29.
  68. Fitch, W. T. S and Shapiro, D. Y. (1990): “Spatial Dispersion and Non-Migratory Spawning in the Bluehead Wrasse (Thalassoma bifasciatum)”. Ethology 85: 199-211 (PDF)