An Introduction to Genetics for Language Scientists

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Cambridge University Press, Mar 12, 2015 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 282 pages
During the last few decades we have discovered enormous amounts about our genomes, their evolution and, importantly for linguists and language scientists, the genetic foundations of language and speech. Accessible and readable, this introduction is designed specifically for students and researchers working in language and linguistics. It carefully focuses on the most relevant concepts, methods and findings in the genetics of language and speech, and covers a wide range of topics such as heritability, the molecular mechanisms through which genes influence our language, and the evolutionary forces affecting them. Filling a large gap in the literature, this essential guide explores relevant examples including hearing loss, stuttering, dyslexia, brain growth and development, as well as the normal range of variation. It also contains a helpful glossary of terms, and a wide range of references so the reader can pursue topics of interest in more depth.
 

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Contents

Nature nurture and heritability
7
The molecular bases of genetics
44
Effects of genes on phenotype
72
Linkage disequilibrium and its role in finding genes
90
What do genes actually do?
131
exome and genome sequencing
153
Population and evolutionary genetics
160
Interactions between genetic and cultural evolution
199
Conclusions topics not covered future directions
212
Appendix The computer code
216
Log odds ratio
217
Simulating genetic drift
218
References
221
Index
252
Glossary
257
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About the author (2015)

Dan Dediu is Senior Investigator in the Language and Genetics Department at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen, The Netherlands.