The evolutionary origin of the language areas in the human brain. A neuroanatomical perspective

  title={The evolutionary origin of the language areas in the human brain. A neuroanatomical perspective},
  author={Francisco Aboitiz and V. RicardoGarcı́a},
  journal={Brain Research Reviews},
Language evolution: neural homologies and neuroinformatics
Auditory sequence processing reveals evolutionarily conserved regions of frontal cortex in macaques and humans
Functional magnetic resonance imaging in Rhesus macaques and humans is used to examine the brain regions involved in processing the ordering relationships between auditory nonsense words in rule-based sequences and finds that key regions in the human ventral frontal and opercular cortex have functional counterparts in the monkey brain.
From imitation to meaning: circuit plasticity and the acquisition of a conventionalized semantics
Here it is suggested a scenario involving both manual gestures and learned vocalizations that led to the development of a primitive form of conventionalized reference, based on comparative evidence gathered from other species and on neurolinguistic evidence in humans, which points to a crucial role for vocal learning in the early development of language.
Merging of Phonological and Gestural Circuits in Early Language Evolution
It is proposed that in the human lineage, part of the dorsal auditory pathway has specialized in vocalization processing, enhancing vocal repetition and short-term memory capacities that are crucial for linguistic development.
From monkey-like action recognition to human language: An evolutionary framework for neurolinguistics
  • M. Arbib
  • Biology, Psychology
    Behavioral and Brain Sciences
  • 2005
It is argued that the progression from protosign and protospeech to languages with full-blown syntax and compositional semantics was a historical phenomenon in the development of Homo sapiens, involving few if any further biological changes.
Serial Organization of Human Behavior in the Inferior Parietal Cortex
The central role of the bilateral intraparietal sulcus in high-order sequential cognition is revealed and a major functional segregation within the frontoparietal network mediating action planning is suggested, with the frontal and parietal sector involved in processing the hierarchical and serial structure of action plans, respectively.


Brains evolution and neurolinguistic preconditions
It is suggested that the neural preconditions for language are met in H. habilis and advocated a theory of language acquisition that uses conceptual structure as input to the learning procedures, thus bridging the gap between it and language.
Functional mapping of verbal memory and language
Language, tools and brain: The ontogeny and phylogeny of hierarchically organized sequential behavior.
Chimpanzees have an identical constraint on hierarchical complexity in both tool use and symbol combination, which matches that of the two-year-old child who has not yet developed the neural circuits for complex grammar and complex manual combination of objects.
Cognitive neuroanatomy of language: The contribution of functional neuroimaging
Abstract This paper summarizes results obtained to date using the new brain functional imaging techniques (mainly positron emission tomography) in several domains pertaining to the issue of
Human Rehearsal Processes and the Frontal Lobes: PET Evidence
This paper focuses on working memory, and tries to go beyond the above two generalizations by decomposing each working memory into two basic constituents: human data and nonhuman data.
Regional and cellular fractionation of working memory.
  • P. Goldman-Rakic
  • Biology, Psychology
    Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America
  • 1996
Several direct and indirect intercellular mechanisms for modulating working memory function in prefrontal cortex based on the localization of dopamine receptors on the distal dendrites and spines of pyramidal cells and on interneurons in the prefrontal cortex are described.
The neural circuitry underlying primate calls and human language
It is argued that the display-vocalization circuits that play the central role in all other primate communication have neither been eliminated, supplanted nor suppressed by language systems and have instead become integrated into the more distributed language circuits and play a ubiquitous though subordinate roles in all normal language processes.
Subcortical functions in language and memory
This volume is the first single-authored volume devoted to understanding how deep brain structures participate in language and memory and comprehensively covers both language andMemory not only with extensive literature reviews, but also with examinations of the anatomy of the structures involved and discussions of theory in light of empirical data.
The organization of neural systems in the primate cerebral cortex
  • M. Young
  • Biology
    Proceedings of the Royal Society of London. Series B: Biological Sciences
  • 1993
An application of the optimization analysis to the cortico-cortical connections of other major sensory systems in the primate brain, and to the connections of the entire cerebral cortex, suggests the gross topological organization of the cortical information processing system of this animal.