What Genes and Brain Can Tell Us of How Symbolic Cognition Appeared in the Human Mind

Tatiana V. Chernigovskaya, Olga Vasileva
2015 EuroAsianPacific Joint Conference on Cognitive Science  
In this article we provide a brief overview of some of the forefront research topics in human language evolution. We begin by briefly reviewing the bio-evolutionary framework usage in linguistics, then analyze central theoretical premises with regard to language organization in the brain and examine modern understanding of the importance of the specific brain structural features such as cerebral asymmetry and mirror systems for language evolution. We further discuss the contribution of some
more » ... nt findings in genetics and anthropology to the field of bioevolutionary linguistics and conclude by highlighting the importance of collaborative efforts of various scientific fields for understanding an accurate picture of such an interdisciplinary subject as language evolution.
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