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  Evolution, brain, and the nature of language

Berwick, R. C., Friederici, A. D., Chomsky, N., & Bolhuis, J. J. (2013). Evolution, brain, and the nature of language. Trends in Cognitive Sciences, 17(2), 89-98. doi:10.1016/j.tics.2012.12.002.

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Berwick, Robert C.1, Author
Friederici, Angela D.2, Author              
Chomsky, Noam3, Author
Bolhuis, Johan J.4, Author
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1Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Science, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, ou_persistent22              
2Department Neuropsychology, MPI for Human Cognitive and Brain Sciences, Max Planck Society, ou_634551              
3Department of Linguistics and Philosophy, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, MA, USA, ou_persistent22              
4Department of Psychology, Utrecht University, the Netherlands, ou_persistent22              

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 Abstract: Language serves as a cornerstone for human cognition, yet much about its evolution remains puzzling. Recent research on this question parallels Darwin's attempt to explain both the unity of all species and their diversity. What has emerged from this research is that the unified nature of human language arises from a shared, species-specific computational ability. This ability has identifiable correlates in the brain and has remained fixed since the origin of language approximately 100 thousand years ago. Although songbirds share with humans a vocal imitation learning ability, with a similar underlying neural organization, language is uniquely human.

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Language(s): eng - English
 Dates: 20132013-01-092013-02
 Publication Status: Published in print
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 Rev. Method: Peer
 Identifiers: DOI: 10.1016/j.tics.2012.12.002
PMID: 23313359
Other: Epub 2013
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Title: Trends in Cognitive Sciences
  Other : Trends Cogn. Sci.
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Pages: - Volume / Issue: 17 (2) Sequence Number: - Start / End Page: 89 - 98 Identifier: ISSN: 1364-6613
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