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Review of Peter MacNeilage' "The Origin of Speech" in London Times Literary Supplement

Fri, September 12, 2008

Peter MacNeilage's recently published book, "The Origin of Speech" was reviewed by N. J. Enfield in the September 12 issue of the London Times Literary Supplement. Enfield describes the book as "a sustained argument for the importance of bodily action in the development and evolution of psychological processes -- in this case, those processes that control the production of speech. He despairs of the lack of attention that action in this sense has received in the psychology of language. Not only does MacNeilage deliver a relentless attack on Chomskyan rationalism and its disembodied Cartesian assumptions, he points out that even the empiricists, who put bodily experience centre-stage, 'didn't ascribe an important role to action'."

-N. J. Enfield, "It's a Leopard!", Times Literary Supplement, September 12, 2008, pg. 12

Peter MacNeilage Web page | The Origin of Speech

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