An Uncouth Approach to Language Recursivity

  • Eleonora Russo SISSA - Cognitive Neuroscience
  • Alessandro Treves SISSA - Cognitive Neuroscience
Keywords: associative memory, latching dynamics, origins of language, phase transitions, Potts units, storage capacity


A simple-minded view is presented here on the problem of the origin of language, which dismisses any relation with hitherto unobserved specific language microcircuits in the cortex as well as with gross connectional hierarchies which are seen also in other mammals. In this view, language arises out of a capacity for spontaneous latching dynamics, which emerges when the connectivity of an extensive cortical network, which need not be hierarchical, crosses a critical phase-transition threshold.

Author Biographies

Eleonora Russo, SISSA - Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience Sector PhD student
Alessandro Treves, SISSA - Cognitive Neuroscience
Cognitive Neuroscience Sector Professor, currently also Coordinator