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Title: Action to Language via the Mirror Neuron System
Edited By: MIchael A Arbib

Mirror neurons may hold the brain’s key to social interaction - each coding
not only a particular action or emotion but also the recognition of that
action or emotion in others. The Mirror System Hypothesis adds an
evolutionary arrow to the story - from the mirror system for hand actions,
shared with monkeys and chimpanzees, to the uniquely human mirror system
for language. In this volume, written to be accessible to a wide audience,
experts from child development, computer science, linguistics,
neuroscience, primatology and robotics present and analyze the mirror
system and show how studies of action and language can illuminate each
other. Topics discussed in the fifteen chapters include: What do
chimpanzees and humans have in common? Does the human capability for
language rest on brain mechanisms shared with other animals? How do human
infants acquire language? What can be learned from imaging the human brain?
How are sign- and spoken-language related? Will robots learn to act and
speak like humans?

Publication Year: 2006
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Cognitive Science
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0521847559
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 566
Prices: U.S. $ 165.00