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13 December 2014, Master class The biology of Language: Evolution, Brain, Development, KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

Date: Saturday 13 December 2014
Location: KNAW, Kloveniersburgwal 29, 1011 JV Amsterdam

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 as well as their diversity. What has emerged is that the unified nature of human language arises from a shared, species-specific computational ability, one with identifiable correlates in the brain, that has remained fixed since the origin of language about 100 thousand years ago. At the same time, the nature of variation from language to language arises historically in ways similar to biological variation, and can be modelled as such.

For more information, see http://biologyoflanguage.wp.hum.uu.nl/registration/

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