The Two-Way Relationship Between Language Acquisition and Simulation Theory

Hashem Ramadan


In this paper, I try to draw a two-way connection between simulation theory and language acquisition. I argue that an individual with better simulation capabilities is at an advantage when it comes to foreign language acquisition, but this also works in the opposite direction in that exposure to many languages leads to better simulation capacities and more empathy. A number of studies relating to the subject of language and simulation will be presented in this paper. An evolutionary explanation and an analysis of the case of children with autism will also be presented to argue in favor of simulation theory over theory theory.


simulation theory; language acquisition; empathy

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