Edoardo Lombardi Vallauri

From the knowledge of language to the knowledge of the brain

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Keywords: Language and Brain; Memory; Language Evolution; Implicit Meaning; Language Processing.

Abstract: One of the most interesting aspects of linguistic facts is what they can tell us about the organism that supports them, and in particular about the brain. The article tries to sketch a brief overview of some phenomena that linguistics "delivers" to the knowledge of the mind/brain: facts that we know about thanks to linguistic studies, which at the same time suggest their being strongly determined by the brain, by the way it works, by its efficiency limits, by the path it may have followed during its evolution under the pressure of an environment made of human communities engaged in commuincation tasks. Such linguistic facts, both the best known and those that have not been considered in this perspective so far, are presented in the light of the specific hints they provide on the working of the brain.

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