Does it talk the talk? On the role of basal ganglia in emotive speech processing.
Commentary on Ackermann et al. "Brain mechanisms of acoustic communication in humans and nonhuman primates: An evolutionary perspective"

Ackermann et al.'s phylogenetic account of speech argues that the basal ganglia imbue speech with emotive content. However, a body of work on auditory/emotive processing is inconsistent with attributing this function exclusively to these structures. The account further overlooks the possibility that the emotion-integration function may be at least in part mediated by the cortico-ponto-cerebellar system