Gesture-first, but no gestures?

  title={Gesture-first, but no gestures?},
  author={David McNeill and Bennett I. Bertenthal and Jonathan Cole and Shaun Gallagher},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  pages={138 - 139}
Although Arbib's extension of the mirror-system hypothesis neatly sidesteps one problem with the “gesture-first” theory of language origins, it overlooks the importance of gestures that occur in current-day human linguistic performance, and this lands it with another problem. We argue that, instead of gesture-first, a system of combined vocalization and gestures would have been a more natural evolutionary unit. 
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