Does language shape the brain or does the brain shape language?

It is the Nature of How Language is learned that Creates Similarities in How Language is used

Clicking the .PDF document link below will open the 5 page paper on how the nature of our language development may be dependent on combinations of theories and not just the traditional one or two theories commonly researched in past decades.

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Are babies born able to talk? Photo courtesy of http://www.imgion.com/images/01/baby-group.jpg
Are babies born able to talk? Photo courtesy of http://www.imgion.com/images/01/baby-group.jpg

This paper is on the relationship between statistical linguistic cues as perceived by infants and as a possible evolutionary neurobiological link to the development of language in humans. Inclusion as an artifact is due to the development of language in humans as a probabilistic model of statistical associations between combinations of sounds as predictive dependencies. Predictive dependencies signal the beginning of some semantic meaning in the grouping of sounds inherent in that specific linguistic environment. The linguistics inherent to the native environment of infants will attune the neurobiology through the receptive and expressive auditory acuity of the typical infant using statistical frequency of the sounds or phonemes as predictive dependencies signaling the onset of semantic meaning. Evidence for this exists in the loss of auditory receptive acuity and expressive oral acuity in reproducing accurate pronunciations of non-native predictive dependencies represented in other languages when heard by infants and children as they get progressively older. This has application in Natural Language Processing as both a parsing of the semantics associated with the statistical frequency of certain phonemes in languages and as some combinations of phonemes that would never be parsed because they do not happen as patterns in human languages.

 

 

Clicking the link below will take the reader to a blog post that discusses the theory of how infants develop language through parsing predictive dependencies in their auditory environment as the sounds of their native language:

It is the Nature of How Language is learned that Creates Similarities in How Language is used