Brown bag du 26/02/2018 Dan Dediu (EURIAS fellow, Collegium de Lyon & Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics)



Genetics, anatomy and language evolution -- connecting the dots

In this very informal talk, I will argue that inter-individual and inter-group variation are real (and important, and certainly studying them doesn't have any racist undertones) and that they might help explain the observed properties of language, ranging from universal tendencies and linguistic diversity, to its robustness and complexity. In particular, I will focus on phonetics and phonology, the anatomy of the vocal tract, and their genetic and developmental foundations.