Goals: LANGELIN aims to revive and solve the gene-language congruence issue by comparing a representative selection of languages/populations from the various continents, classified by means of the novel syntactic method (Longobardi and Guardiano 2009), and of the most updated genomic data.Impact: whatever the final answer to the question raised by Darwin’s prediction, the LANGELIN project is in the position of supporting the “New Synthesis” enterprise with an outstanding contribution: working out methods and results for historical linguistics more comparable to those available in molecular anthropology. In so doing, it will provide evidence that grammatical investigation, modeled after the natural sciences, has not only theoretical interest, but can probe historical reality, as part of a new field of cognitive anthropology. Among the expected linguistic outcomes of LANGELIN is a close approximation to a first universal comparative grammar of one module of human language (nominal structure) and to a corresponding format for writing specific contrastive grammars for virtually any pair of languages. The most salient genetic fallout of LANGELIN will be that the data collected from different populations around the world will eventually represent one of the largest public genomic databases for molecular anthropology, allowing an unprecedented possibility of comparisons between genetically- and culturally-transmitted traits. These data will become useful also in biomedical studies as a framework for tag-SNP selection for predictability of unmeasured SNPs and CNVs, imputation, and ancestry inference in a multi-population context.
|Titolo:||Meeting Darwin’s last challenge:toward a global tree of human languages and genes - [Research project]|
|Data di pubblicazione:||2012|
|Appare nelle tipologie:||Partecipazione a progetti di ricerca|
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