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From proto-mimesis to language: Evidence from primatology and social neuroscience.

Zlatev, Jordan LU (2008) In Journal of Physiology - Paris 102(1-3). p.137-151
Abstract
How can we reconcile the conception of language as a conventional-normative semiotic system with a perception/action-based account of its structure and meaning? And why should linguistic meaning - as opposed to linguistic expression - be so closely related to motor activity and its neural underpinnings, as suggested by recent findings? A conceptual framework and evolutionary scenario building on the concept of bodily mimesis [Zlatev, J., 2005. What's in a schema? Bodily mimesis and the grounding of language. In: Hampe, B. (Ed.), From Perception to Meaning: Image Schemas in Cognitive Linguistics. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 313-343] imply answers to these questions. The article presents evidence for a particular evolutionary stage model... (More)
How can we reconcile the conception of language as a conventional-normative semiotic system with a perception/action-based account of its structure and meaning? And why should linguistic meaning - as opposed to linguistic expression - be so closely related to motor activity and its neural underpinnings, as suggested by recent findings? A conceptual framework and evolutionary scenario building on the concept of bodily mimesis [Zlatev, J., 2005. What's in a schema? Bodily mimesis and the grounding of language. In: Hampe, B. (Ed.), From Perception to Meaning: Image Schemas in Cognitive Linguistics. Mouton de Gruyter, Berlin, pp. 313-343] imply answers to these questions. The article presents evidence for a particular evolutionary stage model by reviewing recent evidence on the capacity of non-human primates for intersubjectivity, imitation and gestural communication, and from neuroscientific studies of these capacities in monkeys and human subjects. It is argued that "mirror neuron" systems can subserve basic motoric and social capacities, but they need to be considerably extended in order to provide an efficient basis for bodily mimesis, and even more so for language. It is argued that while language may be ultimately "grounded" in perception and action, it is essential not to try to reduce it to them. (Less)
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Bodily mimesis, Primates, Imitation, Gesture, Mirror neurons, Evolution
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Journal of Physiology - Paris
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102
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1-3
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137 - 151
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Elsevier
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1769-7115
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10.1016/j.jphysparis.2008.03.016
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  keyword      = {Bodily mimesis,Primates,Imitation,Gesture,Mirror neurons,Evolution},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1-3},
  pages        = {137--151},
  publisher    = {Elsevier},
  series       = {Journal of Physiology - Paris},
  title        = {From proto-mimesis to language: Evidence from primatology and social neuroscience.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jphysparis.2008.03.016},
  volume       = {102},
  year         = {2008},
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