"Jane Goodall hasn't found the missing link, but she's come
closer than nearly anyone else. The primatologist says the
only real difference between humans and chimps is our
sophisticated language. She urges us to start using it to
change the world."
"Why are humans the only species to have language?
Is there something special about our brains? Are
there genes that have evolved for language? In
this talk, Jeff Elman, UCSD professor of cognitive
science and co-director of the Kavli Institute for
Brain and Mind, discusses some of the exciting new
research that helps us understand what it is about
human language that is so different from other
animals' communication systems, and what about our
biology might make language possible."
"In an exclusive preview of his book The Stuff of Thought,
Steven Pinker looks at language and how it expresses what
goes on in our minds -- and how the words we choose
communicate much more than we realize."