Vocalize to Localize

| Université Stendhal Grenoble III
| Université Stendhal Grenoble III
| Université Stendhal Grenoble III
ISBN 9789027222435 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00
ISBN 9789027289513 | EUR 95.00 | USD 143.00

Vocalize-to-Localize? Meerkats do it for specific predators… And babies point with their index finger toward targets of interest at about nine months, well before using language-specific that-demonstratives. With what-interrogatives they are universal and, as relativizers and complementizers, play an important role in grammar construction. Some alarm calls in nonhumans display more than mere localization: semantics and even syntax. Instead of telling another monomodal story about language origin, in this volume advocates of representational gestures, semantically transparent, but with a problematic route toward speech, meet advocates of speech, with a problematic route toward the lexicon. The present meeting resulted in contributions by 23 specialists in the behaviour and brain of humans, including comparative studies in child development and nonhuman primates, aphasiology and robotics. The near future will tell us if the present crosstalk — between researchers in auditory and in visual communication systems — will lead to a more integrative framework for understanding the emergence of babbling and pointing, two types of neural control whose coordination could pave the way toward the word and syntax.

The contributions to this volume were previously published as Interaction Studies 5:3 (2004) and 6:2 (2005).

[Benjamins Current Topics, 13]  2009.  x, 311 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Foreword: Vocalize to Localize: How to Frame a Framework for two Frames?
Christian Abry
Introduction: Vocalize to Localize? A call for better crosstalk between auditory and visual communication systems researchers
Christian Abry, Anne Vilain and Jean-Luc Schwartz
Vocalize to Localize: A test on functionally referential alarm calls
Marta B. Manser and Lindsay B. Fletcher
Mirror neurons, gestures and language evolution
Leonardo Fogassi and Pier Francesco Ferrari
Lateralization of communicative signals in nonhuman primates and the hypothesis of the gestural origin of language
Jacques Vauclair
Manual deixis in apes and humans
David A. Leavens
Neandertal vocal tract: Which potential for vowel acoustics?
Louis-Jean Boë, Jean-Louis Heim, Christian Abry and Pierre Badin
Interweaving protosign and protospeech: Further developments beyond the mirror
Michael A. Arbib
The Frame/Content theory of evolution of speech: A comparison with a gestural-origins alternative
Peter F. MacNeilage and Barbara L. Davis
Intentional communication and the anterior cingulate cortex
Oana Benga
Gestural-vocal deixis and representational skills in early language development
Elena Antinoro Pizzuto, Micaela Capobianco and Antonella Devescovi
Building a talking baby robot: A contribution to the study of speech acquisition and evolution
Jihène Serkhane, Jean-Luc Schwartz and Pierre Bessière
Aspects of descriptive, referential and information structure in phrasal semantics: A contruction-based model
Peter Ford Dominey
First in, last out? The evolution of aphasic lexical speech automatisms to agrammatism and the evolution of human communication
Chris Code
Name index
Subject index
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Kendon, Adam
2011. Vocalisation, speech, gesture, and the language origins debate. Gesture 11:3  pp. 349 ff. Crossref logo

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Subjects & Metadata
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
ONIX Metadata
ONIX 2.1
ONIX 3.0
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2009003060 | Marc record