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Author Arbib, Michael A

Title How the brain got language : the mirror system hypothesis / Michael A. Arbib
Published New York : Oxford University Press, ©2012

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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 413 pages) : illustrations
Series Oxford studies in the evolution of language ; 16
Studies in the evolution of language ; 16.
Contents pt. 1. Setting the stage. Underneath the lampposts ; Perspectives on human languages ; Vocalization and gesture in monkey and ape ; Human brain, monkey brain and praxis ; Mirror neurons & mirror systems -- pt. 2. Developing the hypothesis. Signposts : the argument of the book revealed ; Simple & complex imitation ; Via pantomime to protosign ; Protosign and protospeech. An expanding spiral ; How languages got started ; How the child acquires language ; How languages emerge ; How languages keep changing
Summary Unlike any other species, humans can learn and use language. This book explains how the brain evolved to make language possible, through what the text calls the Mirror System Hypothesis. The theory explains why we humans are as capable of learning sign languages as we are of learning to speak. This book shows how cultural evolution took over from biological evolution for the transition from protolanguage to fully fledged languages
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and indexes
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Subject Brain -- Evolution.
Brain -- Anatomy.
Language and languages -- Origin.
Mirror neurons.
Evolutionary psychology.
Neurolinguistics.
Macaques -- Anatomy
Anatomy, Comparative.
Language acquisition.
Animal communication.
Brain -- physiology
Language Development
Mirror Neurons
Animal Communication
Anatomy, Comparative
MEDICAL -- Neuroscience.
PSYCHOLOGY -- Neuropsychology.
Language acquisition
Animal communication
Anatomy, Comparative
Brain -- Anatomy
Brain -- Evolution
Evolutionary psychology
Language and languages -- Origin
Macaques -- Anatomy
Mirror neurons
Neurolinguistics
Sprachentwicklung
Spiegelneuron
Evolutionspsychologie
Neurolinguistik
Taalgenese.
Gehirn.
Anatomie.
Evolution.
Sprachursprung.
Sprachentwicklung.
Spiegelneuron.
Evolutionspsychologie.
Neurolinguistik.
Hjärna.
Språk.
Språkutveckling.
Neurolingvistik.
Form Electronic book
LC no. 2011047813
ISBN 9780199896691
0199896690