Human Language: The Ultimate Challenge for a Theory of the Cortex. An Essay
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.
KeywordsTemporal Order Grammatical Category Definite Article Motor Representative Linguistic Element
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