AA << study provides strong evidence that language—indeed both first and second language—is learned, in specific ways, by general-purpose neurocognitive mechanisms that preexist Homo sapiens >>
<< our substantial knowledge of the general-purpose mechanisms, from both animal and human studies, may also apply to language >>
Phillip Hamrick, Jarrad A G Lum, Michael T Ullman. Child first language and adult second language are both tied to general-purpose learning systems. PNAS. doi: 10.1073/pnas.1713975115. Jan 29, 2018.
Georgetown University Medical Center. Language is learned in brain circuits that predate humans. Jan 30, 2018.