The Intersubjective Mirror in Infant Learning and Evolution of Speech

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John Benjamins Publishing, 2009 - Family & Relationships - 351 pages
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"The Intersubjective Mirror in Infant Learning and Evolution of Speech" illustrates how recent findings about primary intersubjectivity, participant perception and mirror neurons afford a new understanding of children s nature, dialogue and language. Based on recent infancy research and the mirror neurons discovery, studies of early speech perception, comparative primate studies and computer simulations of language evolution, this book offers replies to questions as: When and how may spoken language have emerged? How is it that infants so soon after birth become so efficient in their speech perception? What enables 11-month-olds to afford and reciprocate care? What are the steps from infant imitation and simulation of body movements to simulation of mind in conversation partners? Stein Braten is founder and chair of the Theory Forum network with some of the world s leading infancy, primate and brain researchers who have contributed to his edited volumes for Cambridge University Press (1998) and John Benjamins Publishing Company (2007). (Series B)"
 

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Contents

PART II On the origin of prespeech and efficient infant learners
89
PART III Intersubjective steps to speech and mindreading in ontogeny
163
Glossary
305
Bibliography
309

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