April 26: Human Language, Animal Communication

Science for the Public: Contemporary Science Issues and Innovations
April 26, 2021 video-recording by Belmont Media Center Community TV

Philip Lieberman, Ph.D., George Hazard Crooker University Professor Emeritus, Brown University

Dr. Lieberman is one of the foremost authorities on the evolution and distinction of human language. In this discussion, he addresses numerous misunderstandings. First, he explains what language is and how the cognitive and physical apparatus for language evolved. He then discusses the issue of whether Neanderthals developed real language. Finally, he explains the distinction between real language and the communication systems of diverse animals.

Philip Lieberman is the distinguished author of numerous books that address the nature of language and its evolution.

Philip Lieberman on NPR, 2010 From Grunting To Gabbing: Why Humans Can Talk