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What about the genes that set the physiological stage to perform
speech? If language truly has genetic roots then not only should we
able to find genes that show evidence of language processing in the
brain but also genes that enable us to communicate language structures.
I'm thinking about genes that shape the throat and vocal cords in such
a way that these organs can do more than simply utter `aaaahhhh' and
`oo, oo, oo, ehhhhh....'. I think a great deal more of physiological
sophistication is needed in order to communicate in language than the
vocal apparates primates have.
In other words, if language is truly cultural, as a lot of hard-nosed
should-not-be-academic romantics like us to believe, then there really
should not be many physiological differences between humans and primates.
My intuition, of course, is that there are significant differences
(I guess I read that in the Meme-Machine) and therefore I contend that
language does have genetic roots.
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