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Title Becoming human : from pointing gestures to syntax / Teresa Bejarano.
Imprint Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins, ©2011.

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Description 1 online resource (xvii, 402 pages)
Series Advances in consciousness research ; v. 81
Advances in consciousness research ; v. 81.
Bibliog. Includes bibliographical references and indexes.
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English.
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Subject Language acquisition.
Gesture.
Grammar, Comparative and general -- Syntax.
Psycholinguistics.
Language.
Gestures.
Learning.
Models, Animal.
Contents Section 1. Evolutionary precursors -- section 2. The basic human ability -- section 3. Specifiying some necessary requisites of language -- section 4. The origin of prediction and syntax -- section 5. Pregrammatical, theme-rheme syntax : revisiting Frege and Vygotsky -- section 6. From original to present-day prediction : links and grammatical syntax -- section 7. Syntax beyond predication.
Summary What do the pointing gesture, the imitation of new complex motor patterns, the evocation of absent objects and the grasping of others' false beliefs all have in common? Apart from being (one way or other) involved in the language, they all would share a demanding requirement - a second mental centre within the subject. This redefinition of the simulationism is extended in the present book in two directions. Firstly, mirror-neurons and, likewise, animal abilities connected with the visual field of their fellows, although they certainly constitute important landmarks, would not require this seco.
Other Title Print version: Bejarano, Teresa. Becoming human. Amsterdam ; Philadelphia : John Benjamins, ©2011 9789027252173