The comparative neuroprimatology 2018 (CNP-2018) road map for research on How the Brain Got Language

Michael A. Arbib, Francisco Aboitiz, Judith M. Burkart, Michael Corballis, Gino Coudé, Erin Hecht, Katja Liebal, Masako Myowa-Yamakoshi, James Pustejovsky, Shelby Putt, Federico Rossano, Anne E. Russon, P. Thomas Schoenemann, Uwe Seifert, Katerina Semendeferi, Chris Sinha, Dietrich Stout, Virginia Volterra, Sławomir Wacewicz, Benjamin Wilson

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We present a new road map for research on “How the Brain Got Language” that adopts an EvoDevoSocio perspective and highlights comparative neuroprimatology – the comparative study of brain, behavior and communication in extant monkeys and great apes – as providing a key grounding for hypotheses on the last common ancestor of humans and monkeys (LCA-m) and chimpanzees (LCA-c) and the processes which guided the evolution LCA-m → LCA-c → protohumans → H. sapiens. Such research constrains and is constrained by analysis of the subsequent, primarily cultural, evolution of H. sapiens which yielded cultures involving the rich use of language.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)370-387
Number of pages18
JournalInteraction Studies
Issue number1-2
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018


  • Brain evolution
  • Cultural evolution
  • EvoDevoSocio
  • Language evolution
  • Language-ready brain
  • Neurolinguistics
  • Neuroprimatology
  • Primate communication
  • Protolanguage
  • Social interaction

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