dingdong theory

noun
variants: or

ding–dong theory

Definition of dingdong theory

  1. :  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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