find (one's) tongue

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find (one's) tongue

To regain the ability to speak, especially after feeling frightened or nervous, or not knowing what to say. It took him a minute, but Pete found his tongue again after we startled him at his surprise party. The little boy, who had been huddled nervously at the back, found his tongue and told the detectives what happened.
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find one's tongue

Fig. to be able to talk; to figure out what to say. Tom was speechless for a moment. Then he found his tongue. Ann was unable to find her tongue. She sat there in silence.
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find your tongue

If you find your tongue, you begin to talk, when you have been too shy, frightened, shocked or embarrassed to say anything before. All four men stared at him. It was Livingstone who found his tongue first.
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find your ˈvoice/ˈtongue

(informal) finally be able to speak after being too nervous or shy to do so: He sat silent through the first half of the meeting before he found his tongue.
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In Finding Our Tongues, Falk proposes that the origins of human language (a protolanguage) appeared early in hominid evolution as a mechanism to reassure infants.
Both Catching Fire and Finding Our Tongues take holistic anthropological approaches; in support of their respective theories, Wrangham and Falk have integrated evidence from studies of nonhuman primates in captivity and field settings, especially chimpanzees, ethnographic research on modern groups of human hunter-gatherers, and other relevant research from various fields, such as neuroanatomy, nutrition, and psychology.
Falk's writing in Finding Our Tongues is understandable and engaging; she provides good explanations for technical terminology and specialized concepts generally throughout book.
Catching Fire and Finding Our Tongues put forth novel twists on theories of the evolution of distinctively human technology and language, which are essential subjects for anyone interested in the philosophy and science of human origins.