january, 2017

31jan1:00 pm2:00 pmUnderstanding speech and language: from genes to bats and beyondDr Sonja Vernes


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The capacity for speech and language is a fundamental trait of humankind, and is of intense interest across diverse fields including linguistics, anthropology, neuroscience and molecular and evolutionary biology. I will present recent work from my research program using diverse, complementary approaches to study the genetic underpinnings of speech and language including; clinical studies that investigate the genetic causes of speech and language disorders; molecular studies that demonstrate how genes influence neuronal development and function; and work in animal models linking gene function to behaviours relevant for spoken language.

Sonja Vernes is the head of the Neurogenetics of Vocal Communication Group at the Max Plank Institute for Psycholinguistics. Her research studies the genetics of vocal communication in mammals, as a way to understand the evolution and biological basis of human speech and language.

If anyone would like to meet with Sonja or join her for dinner on Tuesday night, please contact B. Pralle Kriengwatana.

Sonja Vernes’ website


(Tuesday) 1:00 pm - 2:00 pm


Dyer's Brae Seminar Room

Dyers Brae, School of Biology, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Greenside Place, Fife, KY16 9TH, UK


Ellen Garland & Christian Rutzecg5@st-andrews.ac.uk, cr68@st-andrews.ac.uk Dyers Brae, University of St Andrews, St Andrews, Fife, KY16 9TH, UK