Journal of Biosciences

, Volume 30, Issue 1, pp 119–127

Language from a biological perspective

  • Mohinish Shukla

DOI: 10.1007/BF02705156

Cite this article as:
Shukla, M. J Biosci (2005) 30: 119. doi:10.1007/BF02705156


The faculty of language is unique to the human species. This implies that there are human-specific biological changes that lie at the basis of human language. However, it is not clear what the nature of such changes are, and how they could be shaped by evolution. In this paper, emphasis is laid on describing language in a Chomskyan manner, as a mental object. This serves as a standpoint to speculate about the biological basis of the emergence and evolution of language.


Communication cortex evolution language minimalism 

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© Indian Academy of Sciences 2005

Authors and Affiliations

  • Mohinish Shukla
    • 1
  1. 1.Cognitive Neuroscience SectorInternational School for Advanced Studies (SISSA)TriesteItaly

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