Action planning supplements mirror systems in language evolution

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (2):129-130 (2005)
Mirror systems must be supplemented by a planning capability to allow language to evolve. A capability for creating, storing, and executing plans for sequences of actions, having evolved in primates, was applied to sequences of communicatory acts. Language could exploit this already-existing capability. Further steps in language evolution may parallel steps seen in the development of modern children.
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X0526003X
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