@misc{cogprints4972, editor = {Marge E. Landsberg}, title = {MOTOR THEORY OF LANGUAGE IN RELATION TO SYNTAX}, author = {Robin Allott}, publisher = {Mouton de Gruyter}, year = {1995}, pages = {307--329}, journal = {Syntactic Iconicity and Linguistic Freezes: The Human Dimension}, keywords = {motor control, motor theory, syntax, exaptation, action grammar, vision syntax, word categories, function words, word ordering}, url = {http://cogprints.org/4972/}, abstract = {The semantic, syntactic and phonetic structures of language develop from a complex preexisting system, more specifically the preexisting motor system. Language thus emerged as an external physical expression of the neural basis for movement control. Features which made a wide range of skilled action possible - a set of elementary motor subprograms together with rules expressed in neural organization for combining subprograms into extended action sequences - were transferred to form a parallel set of programs and rules for speech and language. The already established integration of motor control with perceptual organization led directly to a systematic relation between language and the externally perceived world.} }