How can neurophysiology help you learn a language?

Knowledge of human language is in and of itself almost sufficient qualify us as Homo sapiens.
Indeed, mastery of a language is based not only on the time we spend learning the language, but also in large part on our genetics.

For example, several language learning difficulties (apraxia, aphasia) may be related to a mutation of one or several genes (FOXp2, microdeletion 22q11, addition or deletion of one X or Y chromosome).

In brief, genetic heritage has a non-negligible role in language learning.
Moreover, our speech translates our environment.

The adaptation of our synaptic circuit and our neuronal cells to the environment (initially to stay alive) translates the information we learn each day.
This circuit, in turn, will allow us to transmit our culture and the information needed to keep our offspring alive.

The classic example of the child who learns a language by living with a native speaker, without studying, demonstrates clearly how much environment is important in the language learning process.
At the same time, the link between genetics and environment in language learning cannot be ignored.
Indeed, without a modification of our neuronal connection and modulation of our gene expression in response to our surroundings, an understanding of the environment and the language learning process is drastically reduced, maybe impossible.

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vincent profile picture vincent2 weeks ago
sybille profile picture sybilleJune 2019
Thanks for this article!