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ID: 396655.0, MPI für Psycholinguistik / Language and Genetics
Causal correlations between genes and linguistic features: The mechanism of gradual language evolution
Authors:Dediu, Dan
Language:English
Publisher:World Scientific Press
Place of Publication:Singapore
Date of Publication (YYYY-MM-DD):2008
Title of Proceedings:The evolution of language: Proceedings of the 7th International Conference (EVOLANG7)
Start Page:83
End Page:90
Name of Conference/Meeting:Evolang 2008: 7th Evolution of Language Conference
Place of Conference/Meeting:Barcelona
(Start) Date of Conference/Meeting
 (YYYY-MM-DD):
2008-03-11
End Date of Conference/Meeting 
 (YYYY-MM-DD):
2008-03-15
Review Status:Peer-review
Audience:Experts Only
Abstract / Description:The causal correlations between human genetic variants and linguistic (typological) features could represent the mechanism required for gradual, accretionary models of language evolution. The causal link is mediated by the process of cultural transmission of language across generations in a population of genetically biased individuals. The particular case of Tone, ASPM and Microcephalin is discussed as an illustration. It is proposed that this type of genetically-influenced linguistic bias, coupled with a fundamental role for genetic and linguistic diversities, provides a better explanation for the evolution of language and linguistic universals.
External Publication Status:published
Document Type:Conference-Paper
Communicated by:Peter Hagoort
Affiliations:MPI für Psycholinguistik
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