Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Do sensorimotor processes have reflexes in sentence syntax as well as sentence semantics?

Alistair Knott a1
a1 Department of Computer Science, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand [email protected]


Predicate logic has proved a very useful tool for the expression of theories of natural language semantics. Hurford's suggestion that predicate–argument structures mirror certain properties of the human sensorimotor architecture can be seen as an explanation of why this is so. Although I support this view, I think that the correspondences that Hurford draws between linguistic and sensorimotor structures not only involve natural language semantics, but include some elements of natural language syntax as well.