Triadic bodily mimesis is the difference

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We find that the nature and origin of the proposed "dialogical cognitive representations" in the target article is not sufficiently clear. Our proposal is that (triadic) bodily mimesis and in particular mimetic schemas-prelinguistic representational, intersubjective structures, emerging through imitation but subsequently interiorized-can provide the necessary link between private sensory-motor experience and public language. In particular, we argue that shared intentionality requires triadic mimesis.


Research areas and keywords

Subject classification (UKÄ) – MANDATORY

  • Learning
  • Zoology
  • General Language Studies and Linguistics
  • Psychology (excluding Applied Psychology)
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)720
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number5
Publication statusPublished - 2005
Publication categoryResearch

Bibliographic note

Commentary on Tomasello et al. "Understanding and sharing intentions: The origins of cultural cognition"