The Nature of Language: Evolution, Paradigms and Circuits

Book The Nature of Language: Evolution, Paradigms and Circuits

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- By: Dieter Hillert(Author)
- Language: English
- Format: PDF - Djvu
- Pages:201
- Publisher: Springer; Softcover reprint of the original 1st ed. 2014 edition (September 3, 2016)
- Bestsellers rank: 4
- Category: New, Used & Rental Textbooks
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The Nature of Language addresses one of the most fundamental questions of mankind: how did language evolve, and what are the neurobiological and cognitive foundations  of language processing? These questions are explored from different perspectives to discuss the building blocks of language evolution and how they developed in the way they can be found in modern humans. Primarily, neural mapping methods of cognition presented in this research provide extremely valuable data about the neural circuitries that are involved in language processing. Thus, the book explores and illustrates cortical mapping in typical language patterns, but also cortical mapping in atypical populations that fail to process particular language aspects. A neurobiological stance is used to inquire about how language abilities of our species evolved to communicate for the purposes of conveying information such as ideas, emotions, goals, and humor. The evolutionary language model presented builds on the cognitive abilities of our ancestors, and it allows readers to draw a variety of expansive conclusions from that, including the idea that human language as an interface system provides the basis for consciousness.

Dieter Hillert, born in Germany, is a cognitive scientist and best known for studying language through cognitive, neurobiological and comparative approaches.  He holds positions as an Adjunct Professor and Research Scientist, and is affiliated with San Diego State University, University of California, San Diego, and University of Utah.  He also works as a science writer on topics related to mind and brain. 


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  • By Joseph J Grenier on August 20, 2014

    The Nature of LanguageSpringer New York, Berlin, HeidelbergJoseph J Grenier MD PhDThis is a monograph on the neuroanatomical and neurophysiology of language acquisition, the multilingual brain, and the neural code of language. Most of the data in the first half of the book is devoted to evolution in Australopiithecus and Hominidae. The color illustrations really help the reader understand the simple and more complex information. STS, Wernicke’s, Broca’s, Parietal regions are all discussed and put into their proper perspectives. Some new insights can be obtained from the many graphs, spatiotemporal dynamic viewpoints, and charts. To state that this is a book devoted to evolution only, would be selling it short. It has many conceptual, evolutionary, physiological, and anatomical views which are well substantiated in the literature elsewhere.


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