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Human Language: The Ultimate Challenge for a Theory of the Cortex. An Essay

  • Valentino Braitenberg
  • Almut Schüz

Abstract

By emitting air from the lungs, opening, closing or constricting the wind channel in various places, setting the vocal cords in vibratory motion at various frequencies or letting them loose, we are all able to produce se­quences of sounds which induce particular mental states in the listener and inform him about our own. We also learn to code the audible utter­ances into sequences of graphic symbols when we write, and to decode the writing again in terms of spoken language. All this requires an un­usual degree of motor and sensory finesse and, in particular, an ability to generate and to recognize temporal order in long sequences of sym­bols, an ability which is perhaps peculiar to humans.

Keywords

Temporal Order Grammatical Category Definite Article Motor Representative Linguistic Element 
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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1998

Authors and Affiliations

  • Valentino Braitenberg
    • 1
    • 2
  • Almut Schüz
    • 1
  1. 1.Max-Planck-Institut für Biologische KybernetikTübingenGermany
  2. 2.Institut für Medizinische Psychologie und VerhaltensneurobiologieEberhard-Karls-Universität TübingenTübingenGermany

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