Action verbs, argument structure constructions, and the mirror neuron system.
Department of Speech, Language, and Hearing Sciences; Purdue University
1353 Heavilon Hall; West Lafayette, IN 47907-1353
The major semantic properties of action verbs and argument structure constructions are summarized using the theoretical framework of Construction Grammar. This sets the stage for an analysis of the neuroanatomical substrates of action verbs and argument structure constructions in support of the hypothesis that the linguistic representation of action is grounded in the mirror neuron system. The discussion is then broadened to consider the emergence of language during ontogeny and phylogeny.