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The Ascent of Intelligence - New College Oxford September 2011
The Natural Origin of Language: The Neuroscientific Base - Christ's College Cambridge September 2013
The Past of the Future - Trinity College Cambridge 14 March 2014

Robin Allott: Language Body Brain and Evolution Main Page

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Website: New College Oxford Embodied Language I

Website: Christ's College Cambridge Embodied Language II

ON THIS WEBSITE Embodied Language Conferences I & II

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BOOKS

THE GREAT MOSAIC EYE: EMBODIED LANGUAGE EVOLUTION AND SOCIETY 2012 ( revised and extended)
AFTER AND BEYOND THE GREAT MOSAIC EYE

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Robin Allott
LANGUAGE BRAIN AND BODY EVOLUTION


A star-clear mind
Yearn after truth
Be good
Love

"En el corazón de todos los inviernos vive una primavera palpitante, y detrás de cada noche, viene una aurora sonriente".[Khalil Gibran (1883-1931)]

Language for Good or Evil
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LIST OF PAPERS

EMBODIED LANGUAGE

cf. Merleau-Ponty, M. 1962. Phenomenology of Perception(Trans). "Every external perception is immediately synonymous with a certain perception of my body... The theory of the body schema is, implicitly, a theory of perception". Also cf. "embodied simulation" in Gallese, V. 2003. Philos Trans R Soc Lond B Biol Sci. (1431):517-28.

Embodied Language:Selected Citations

Embodied Emotions

Mind Words

Robot gesture and conversation

"Language allows us to analyse (decompose, mirror) the structure of our actions, to identify the neural sub-actions constituting the total action."
"There is a Lexicon of Actions from which the lexicon of words is derived"
Anatomizing mind

CHAMELEON THEORY OF PERCEPTION
All bodily movements are changes in posture - and posture is body-image. We visualise any movement (of arm, leg, head, hand, mouth) as a change in body-image, a change in posture - the movement brings our actual posture into coincidence with our visualised new body-image, visualised posture. ... Perception appears to be a process similar to that by which the chameleon changes its bodily state to match its background. Perception (on the chameleon theory) is internal ordering guided by external ordering. The perception of speech and the perception of gesture are aspects of this chameleon-process. Ideomotor action is the reverse process. Both stem from the integration of the motor system and perception. [Extract from R. Allott 1994. Gestural Equivalence of Language LOS UCAL Berkeley]

New College Oxford Presentation: Embodied Language and the Ascent of Intelligence

Chapter 2 The Great Mosaic Eye Embodied Language and the Ascent of Intelligence [full text]


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Words for butterfly in different languages derive from the characteristic flight pattern. The words generate a bodily gesture mirroring the action. For swan, elephant and giraffe, the words and gestures derive from distinctive visual features.

ANIMAL GESTURES

Golden frogs communicate by arm movements
Fiddler crabs also gesture



MOTOR THEORY OF LANGUAGE: Basic Propositions

See Science 27 Feb 2004 TThe Motor Route
Or try a motor theory experiment!

BOOKS

RMA Videos

HOW? Many Questions

RMA cogprint files

PRESENTATIONS

ESSCS 2010 The Scientific Mind Presentation
The Scientific Mind Transcription

MIND BRAIN AND LANGUAGE
Alternate Version with Animations

LANGUAGE AND THE STUFF OF THOUGHT
Video Part 1 Video Part 2

MAN AS MACHINE: Reconsidering La Mettrie
Transcription Video version

ASCENT OF INTELLIGENCE
Transcription Text only

HOW CHILDREN ACQUIRE LANGUAGE
ST PETERSBURG Version Transcript
The Child and the World: Complete Text

MOTOR THEORY OF LANGUAGE EVOLUTION

BRAIN LEXICON AND SYNTAX

MOTOR CONTROL AND LANGUAGE FUNCTION [ Motor control references]

GESTURAL EQUIVALENCE OF LANGUAGE

THE PHYSICAL FOUNDATION OF LANGUAGE: Videos

AUTISM AND THE MOTOR THEORY

TIME AND CONSCIOUSNESS

THE POWER OF POETRY ORWith Spoken Text

GRAVITY AS A REPULSIVE FORCE [videos]

HOW THE ALPHABET WAS INVENTED [video]
Powerpoint presentation Text only

MACBETH EXTRACTS ILLUSTRATED

LANGUAGE PAPERS

Physical Foundation Language Vision and Action Primitive Vocabulary Meaning Colour naming
Structural interrelations Non-arbitrariness Lexicon structure Evolutionary origin How children acquire language
Power of words Hypnosis Science & Language Philosophy & Language Philosophy in a Nutshell
Motor theory Japanese Autism Language motor function Language diversity
Semiosis Perception Syntax Sound symbolism Alphabet origin
Gestural equivalence Language Instinct? Ideomotor action Role of language Isomorphism & Iconicity
Glossary Cat sat on the Mat Irregular verbs Neurology Motor primitives
Basic motor propositions Powerpt Motor theory Motor control and language Imitation and Language Language as a Mirror of the World

EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY PAPERS

Objective morality Altruism and Mirror Neurons Love & empathy Arts & Sociobiology Biomathematics
Biomusic Biopoetry Human life Ascent of intelligence Man as Machine
Culture: The missing link Antheap or drugged society Social cohesion Group & Nation IdentityNext 2 billion years

IDEAS AND THOUGHTS

Cool Steps in the Mind Univeral organism MM Markings
Fragments Sonnets Nishida Marcus Aurelius Thomas Browne
Hazlitt Herder de Brosses Not alone Cleanthes
Helen Keller Time Gravity Giants Geneva
Macbeth extracts Masha Family Fratres A few faces
Song Birdsong Greek Fragments Other Verse Other languages Verse Huxley

ANIMATIONS


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GIGI: general presentation Complete animations Function words Verbs Nouns
Adjectives Interrogatives Greek verb animations Auxiliaries Emotion Animations
System tables Domestic animals Wild animals More animals Birds
Apples Colours Philosophical gestures SWADESH Basic 100 Words Motor theory experiment

LIST OF PAPERS
Abstracts
References consolidated

LIST OF ANIMATIONS

Postscripts

"I wish to God there were more automata in the world like you" [Charles Darwin to Thomas Huxley]

"Language allows us to analyse (decompose, mirror) the structure of our actions, to identify the neural sub-actions constituting the total action."
"There is a Lexicon of Actions from which the lexicon of words is derived"
Anatomizing mind

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