Primate Communication and Human Language

Primate Communication and Human Language

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After a long period where it has been conceived as iconoclastic and almost forbidden, the question of language origins is now at the centre of a rich debate, confronting acute proposals and original theories. Most importantly, the debate is nourished by a large set of experimental data from disciplines surrounding language. The editors of the present book have gathered researchers from various fields, with the common objective of taking as seriously as possible the search for continuities from non-human primate vocal and gestural communication systems to human speech and language, in a multidisciplinary perspective combining ethology, neuroscience, developmental psychology and linguistics, as well as computer science and robotics. New data and theoretical elaborations on the emergence of referential communication and language are debated here by some of the most creative scientists in the world.In this view manual gestures during speech production in humans might constitute the residual part of this bimodal ... of mirror-neurons in area F5 of the brain, i.e., the homologous to Brocaa#39;s area (see the chapter by Ferrari and Fogassi).

Title:Primate Communication and Human Language
Author: Anne Vilain, Jean-Luc Schwartz, Christian Abry, Jacques Vauclair
Publisher:John Benjamins Publishing - 2011-03-30

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