L&C Volume 5

Volume 5 (2013)

Issue 2/3 Special Issue on Language Evolution - How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis


David Kemmerer

Target Article

Précis of How the Brain Got Language: The Mirror System Hypothesis.

Michael Arbib

Learning from Primate Communication

Acquired mirroring and intentional communication in primates.

Klaus Zuberbühler

Comparing the Macaque and Human Brain

The extended features of mirror neurons and the voluntary control of vocalization in the pathway to language.

Leonardo Fogassi, Gino Coudé, and Pier Francesco Ferrari

A research program in neuroimaging for an evolutionary theory of syntax.

Marco Tettamanti

How did vocal behavior 'take over' the gestural communication system?

Francisco Aboitiz

The Mystery of Motivation

The tip of the language iceberg.

Peter Ford Dominey

The Perspective from Sign Language

Vive la différence: Sign language and spoken language in language evolution.

Wendy Sandler

The neurobiology of sign language and the mirror system hypothesis.

Karen Emmorey

The Perspective from Apraxia

Action and language grounding in the sensorimotor cortex.

Mariella Pazzaglia

What happens to the motor theory of perception when the motor system is damaged?

Alena Stasenko, Frank E. Garcea, and Bradford Z. Mahon

The Perspective from Linguistics

Where does language come from?  Some reflections on the role of deictic gestures and demonstratives in the evolution of language.

Holger Diessel

The Perspective from Archeology

Archeology and the language-ready brain.

Benoît Dubreuil and Christopher Stuart Henshilwood

The Perspective from Psychology

Niche construction, too, unifies praxis and symbolization.

Chris Sinha

Response to Commentaries

From mirror system via complex imitation to language:  The Complex Imitation Hypothesis.

Michael Arbib


Issue 1

Classifiers augment and maintain shape-based categorization in Mandarin speakers.

Maria D. Sera, Kaitlin R. Johnson & Jenny Yichun Kuo

A new approach to analysing static locative expressions.

Mark Tutton 

‘Seeing' is ‘trying': The relation of visual perception to attemptive modality in the world's languages.

Vitaly Voinov

Context sensitivity and insensitivity in object naming.

Barbara C. Malt


Independent cross-cultural data reveal linguistic effects on basic numerical cognition.

Caleb Everett