All posts tagged with language evolution

Kebara hyoid still speaking

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In an open access article in PLoS ONE, Ruggero D’Anastasio and colleagues take a closer look at the internal structure of the hyoid bone from the Kebara 2 Ne...

Culture-gene coevolution and language

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Simon Fisher and Matt Ridley, in a recent essay in Science, discuss the relationship between the genetic mutations that distinguish humans and other primates...

Brains in a haystack

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An essay by Gary Marcus, in the new online science magazine, Nautilus: “Where uniqueness lies”.

Speaking of Neandertal FOXP2

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Tomislav Maricic and colleagues from Svante Pääbo’s group have reported finding a regulatory change in the gene FOXP2 that may be of relevance to the evoluti...

Left-handed termite-fishing

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Stephanie Bogart and colleagues, working at the chimpanzee field site of Fongoli, Senegal, have a new paper on handedness in these wild primates Bogart:2013....

Perils of talking to apes

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Barbara King comments on Koko, Kanzi and Panbanisha, “Thoughts On Three Famous ‘Language Apes’”.

Chomping Chomsky

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I ran into Deevy Bishop’s review of a recent book by Noam Chomsky and James McGilvray, titled The Science of Language: Interviews with James McGilvray.

The cultural tool

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The Guardian interviews Daniel Everett about his new book, Language: The Cultural Tool. Which I will mention, has one of the worst covers ever. It’s like the...

Into the belly of the whale

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Carl Zimmer profiles anatomist Joy Reidenberg, who has scored a coup for public communication of science on the BBC show, Inside Nature’s Giants: “From Insid...

The thrifty brainotype

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Andy Clark, a philosopher of the mind, has entered a useful essay in the NY Times online commentary section: “Do thrifty brains make better minds?”

Blueprints and recipes

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Greg Mayer has a post on preformationism and epigenesis on the Why Evolution Is True blog:“Development is epigenetic”.

Greene language interview

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The Browser gives us an interesting interview with the Economist’s Robert Lane Greene, (“Robert Lane Greene on Language and the Mind”). Greene has a recent b...

Language serial founder effects?

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I’m at the American Association of Physical Anthropologists meetings this week, so I haven’t had time to keep up with the press. Tonight I see this story abo...

Language and spandrels

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I’m preparing a lecture on the evolution of language. This post started out as a short note about the quote below, referring to a new book by V. S. Ramachand...

The mystery of left lateralization

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This morning, a timely post by cognitive neuroscientist Sophie Scott addresses the localization of language functions on the left side of the brain:

Number as cognitive technology

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Archaeologists often define technology in terms of material products. People make stuff, and that stuff is technology.

Language bootstrapping the brain

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Marina Bedny and colleagues Bedny:2011 show that, to a remarkable degree, the visual cortex of blind subjects takes on language-specific processing tasks.

Denisova FOXP2 status

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In the Denisova hubbub last month (“Denisova genome FAQ”) I didn’t hear anyone talking about the FOXP2 sequence of the Denisovans. I can’t swear that the pap...

Language loss

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Razib Khan: “Linguistic diversity = poverty.”

Syntactic heterocomprehension

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A few days ago, Razib pointed to a story on ScienceDaily: “Many English Speakers Cannot Understand Basic Grammar”. The underlying research is by cognitive li...

Evo-devo-robo

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The May issue of Discover has a transcript of a roundtable between the editor in chief, Corey Powell, and four researchers in robotics. It’s an interesting c...

Evolang reports

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Edmund Blair Bolles has been reporting on the Evolang 2010 conference. The conference is a meeting of people interested in the biological origins of language...

Chimpanzee and human FOXP2 compared

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A new paper in Nature (Konopka et al. 2009) reports on microarray expression comparisons of human and chimpanzee-specific versions of FOXP2. The change of tw...