dingdong theory

noun
variants: or ding-dong theory

Definition of dingdong theory

: a theory that language originated out of a natural correspondence between objects of sense perception and the vocal noises which were part of early humans' reaction to them — compare bowwow theory, pooh-pooh theory

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“Dingdong theory.” Merriam-Webster.com Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, https://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/dingdong%20theory. Accessed 29 Jun. 2022.

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