How the Brain Got Language – Towards a New Road Map

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| University of California at San Diego, La Jolla
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How did humans evolve biologically so that our brains and social interactions could support language processes, and how did cultural evolution lead to the invention of languages (signed as well as spoken)? This book addresses these questions through comparative (neuro)primatology – comparative study of brain, behavior and communication in monkeys, apes and humans – and an EvoDevoSocio framework for approaching biological and cultural evolution within a shared perspective. Each chapter provides an authoritative yet accessible review from a different discipline: linguistics (evolutionary, computational and neuro), archeology and neuroarcheology, macaque neurophysiology, comparative neuroanatomy, primate behavior, and developmental studies. These diverse perspectives are unified by having each chapter close with a section on its implications for creating a new road map for multidisciplinary research. These implications include assessment of the pluses and minuses of the Mirror System Hypothesis as an “old” road map. The cumulative road map is then presented in the concluding chapter. Originally published as a special issue of Interaction Studies 19:1/2 (2018).
[Benjamins Current Topics, 112]  Expected September 2020.  vii, 393 pp.
Publishing status: In production
Table of Contents
This is a provisional table of contents, and subject to changes.
Introducing the Volume: “How the brain got language: Towards a new road map”
Michael A. Arbib
1–6
An Old Road Map to Draw Upon
Computational challenges of evolving the language-ready brain: 1. From manual action to protosign
Michael A. Arbib
7–21
Computational challenges of evolving the language-ready brain: 2. Building towards neurolinguistics
Michael A. Arbib
22–37
Starting from the Macaque
Reflections on the differential organization of mirror neuron systems for hand and mouth and their role in the evolution of communication in primates
Gino Coudé and Pier Francesco Ferrari
38–53
Plasticity, innateness, and the path to language in the primate brain: Comparing macaque, chimpanzee and human circuitry for visuomotor integration
Erin Hecht
54–69
Voice, gesture and working memory in the emergence of speech
Francisco Aboitiz
70–85
Bringing in Emotion
Relating the evolution of Music-Readiness and Language-Readiness within the context of comparative neuroprimatology
Uwe Seifert
86–101
Why do we want to talk?: Evolution of neural substrates of emotion and social cognition
Katerina Semendeferi
102–120
Mind the gap – moving beyond the dichotomy between intentional gestures and emotional facial and vocal signals of nonhuman primates
Katja Liebal and Linda Oña
121–135
Turn-taking and Prosociality
From sharing food to sharing information: Cooperative breeding and language evolution
Judith M. Burkart, Eloisa Guerreiro Martins, Fabia Miss and Yvonne Zürcher
136–150
Social manipulation, turn-taking and cooperation in apes: Implications for the evolution of language-based interaction in humans
Federico Rossano
151–166
Language origins: Fitness consequences, platform of trust, cooperation, and turn-taking
Sławomir Wacewicz and Przemysław Żywiczyński
167–182
Imitation, Pantomime and Development
The evolutionary roots of human imitation, action understanding and symbols
Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi
183–199
Pantomime and imitation in great apes: Implications for reconstructing the evolution of language
Anne E. Russon
200–215
From action to spoken and signed language through gesture: Some basic developmental issues for a discussion on the evolution of the human language-ready brain
Virginia Volterra, Olga Capirci, Pasquale Rinaldi and Laura Sparaci
216–238
Praxis, symbol and language: Developmental, ecological and linguistic issues
Chris Sinha
239–255
Action, Tool Making and Language
Archaeology and the evolutionary neuroscience of language: The technological pedagogy hypothesis
Dietrich Stout
256–271
Tracing the evolutionary trajectory of verbal working memory with neuro-archaeology
Shelby S. Putt and Sobanawartiny Wijeakumar
272–288
From actions to events: Communicating through language and gesture
James Pustejovsky
289–317
Meaning and Grammar Emerging
From evolutionarily conserved frontal regions for sequence processing to human innovations for syntax
Benjamin Wilson and Christopher I. Petkov
318–335
The evolution of enhanced conceptual complexity and of Broca’s area: Language preadaptations
P. Thomas Schoenemann
336–351
Mental travels and the cognitive basis of language
Michael C. Corballis
352–369
The Road Map
The comparative neuroprimatology 2018 (CNP-2018) road map for research on How the Brain Got Language
Michael A. Arbib, Francisco Aboitiz, Judith M. Burkart, Michael C. Corballis, Gino Coudé, Erin Hecht, Katja Liebal, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi, James Pustejovsky, Shelby S. Putt, Federico Rossano, Anne E. Russon, P. Thomas Schoenemann, Uwe Seifert, Katerina Semendeferi, Chris Sinha, Dietrich Stout, Virginia Volterra, Sławomir Wacewicz and Benjamin Wilson
370–387
Index
389–393
Subjects
BIC Subject: JMM – Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology
BISAC Subject: PSY020000 – PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2020023476