The Miracles Of Speech

Elena Passarello, author of Let Me Clear My Throat, lists some of them:

[T]he most amazing fact to me is, I suppose, that the voice itself does not really exist—it is not a designated body part at all, aside from those two miniscule cords behind our epiglottis. Every other part of the complicated vocal mechanism is a ridiculous bit of evolutionary thievery. We literally stole our voice from other body parts—the organs that help us breathe, eat, and support our skulls. It’s a fact—we only speak because we had to, and we literally re-wired ourselves to meet that burning need for self-expression.

Read another interesting interview with Passarello here.