LINGUIST List 9.1019

Thu Jul 9 1998

FYI: New archive, Address correction, Gesture

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  1. Bob Binnick, Soliciting items for Web archive
  2. Michael Newman, teach-ling wrong address
  3. Robin Allott, Gesture and Language

Message 1: Soliciting items for Web archive

Date: Tue, 7 Jul 1998 15:38:08 -0400
From: Bob Binnick <>
Subject: Soliciting items for Web archive

In conjunction with a project developing an annotated bibliography of
current research on tense, grammatical aspect, Aktionsart, and related
areas, I am setting up a Web site 


which will contain a bibliography and an archive of research
papers and the like. I am inviting scholars working in this area to
submit notices of upcoming publications and current research papers,
and/or items for the archive in either electronic or hard copy form.
Archive items should be accompanied by some form of release and an
indication of any restrictions on dissemination or use of the item.
For further information, check the Web page or contact

- Robert Binnick
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Message 2: teach-ling wrong address

Date: Wed, 8 Jul 1998 09:13:08 -0500
From: Michael Newman <>
Subject: teach-ling wrong address

I would like to thank Suzanne Fletcher for reannouncing teach-ling.
However, the address given was incorrect. It was changed last Sept. from


The command is also different. To subscribe you need to only say


Listfully yours,
Michael Newman, listowner
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Message 3: Gesture and Language

Date: Thu, 18 Jun 1998 09:32:25 +0100
From: Robin Allott <>
Subject: Gesture and Language

Recent work of Rizzolatti, Arbib and Gallese at the University of Parma,
the discovery of mirror neurons in the premotor cortex, has suggested
how directly gesture and language could be related in the evolution and
functioning of the brain. See 'Language within our grasp' [Trends in
Neuroscience 1998 May;21(5):188-194 Rizzolatti and Arbib]. "These
neurons (mirror neurons) appear to represent a system that matches
observed events to similar, internally generated actions, and in this
way forms a link between the observer and the actor. Transcranial
magnetic stimulation and positron emission tomography (PET) experiments
suggest that a mirror system for gesture recognition also exists in
humans and includes Broca's area. We propose here that such an
observation/execution matching system provides a necessary bridge
from'doing' to'communicating',as the link between actor and observer
becomes a link between the sender and the receiver of each message". 

Movement, including gesture, is imaged in the brain before a movement is
executed; imagined movement stimulates the same neurons as are active in
executing a movement. The mirror neurons respond in a similar way to
perceived external movement (that is, also to perceived gesture). Along
with MRI and PET scanning studies of brain language functions, this work
lends new support to the motor theory of language origin and development
based on the close integration in the brain of motor control, visual
perception and articulation.

For the relation proposed between gesture and language as part of the
motor theory, see the paper 'Gestural Equivalence (Equivalents) of
Language' presented at the Berkeley meeting of the Language Origins

Robin Allott email:
 tel/fax: +44 1323 492300
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