How the Brain Got Language – Towards a New Road Map

Michael A. Arbib | University of California at San Diego, La Jolla
ISBN 9789027207623 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
ISBN 9789027260673 | EUR 99.00 | USD 149.00
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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] 2020.  vii, 393 pp.
Publishing status: Available
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“As I see it, this volume provides a fascinating and well-connected mix of approaches to the development of the faculty of language in humans; it will be useful from the last courses of undergraduate programs to the explorations of senior researchers. It provides a new perspective on language research and makes clear the necessity of a multidisciplinary approach. It makes clear as well the need for the integration into the new models of developmental and biological information about both humans and apes, taking into account social and cultural context without forgetting the computation challenges.”
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Arbib, Michael
2024. Chapter 1. Pantomime within and beyond the evolution of language. In Perspectives on Pantomime [Advances in Interaction Studies, 12],  pp. 16 ff. DOI logo
Hartmann, Stefan & Michael Pleyer
2021. Constructing a protolanguage: reconstructing prehistoric languages in a usage-based construction grammar framework. Philosophical Transactions of the Royal Society B: Biological Sciences 376:1824 DOI logo
Menon, Swathi Sivakumar & Vinod Balakrishnan
2022. Theorizing Language Evolution Using NCT and Conlangs: An Etiological Study. Journal on Asian Linguistic Anthropology 4:2  pp. 70 ff. DOI logo

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JMM: Physiological & neuro-psychology, biopsychology

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PSY020000: PSYCHOLOGY / Neuropsychology
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