Language structure: variation and change


Special Issue ‘The biology of language’

This special issue of Neuroscience & Biobehavioral Reviews arose out of an Academy Colloquium, ‘The Biology of Language,’ held in the ‘Trippenhuis’, Amsterdam in Dec 2014. The Colloquium was organised by Johan Bolhuis, Martin Everaert and Riny Huybregts, under the auspices of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Sciences. Our aim for this special issue is the same as it was for the symposium: to provide an up to date overview of some of the core properties of the human language faculty, making clear how linguistics is part and parcel of the cognitive sciences (Everaert et al., 2015), open to inquiry about its biological foundations and its neural underpinnings (Berwick et al., 2013).