Month: November 2011

The Language Fossils Buried in Every Cell of Your Body

Just stopping by to say that I am very much alive and still learning Korean despite the horrors rigors of graduate school.  How is everyone doing? :) A couple months ago, I stumbled across this interesting article in Discover Magazine that I think is worth sharing: The Language Fossils Buried in Every Cell of Your Body (click to read the article). The article is about a certain gene known as FOXP2 which may, at least in part, be involved in the acquisition of language in humans.  As the article states: FOXP2 didn’t give us language all on its own. In our brains, it acts more like a foreman, handing out instructions to at least 84 target genes in the developing basal ganglia. Even this full crew of genes explains language only in part, because the ability to form words is just the beginning. Then comes the higher level of complexity: combining words according to rules of grammar to give them meaning. First of all, this is exciting.  I don’t care if you don’t like science but the idea that scientists …