Recently in a boing boing article Reconstructing the genome of the earliest mammal, I read about Dr. Ian Holmes and his application of algorithms used by linguists to ‘synthesize’ the genomes of extinct mammals without extracting their DNA at all!
I had went to Daniel Everett’s talk at a Longnow talk where he mentioned that there is no universal or fundamental component of language identified yet. That left me thinking about using genetics principles to identify the the most common component of all languages. I was thrilled to read about Dr. Holmes’ work. May be he can use his algorithms to identify the most common shared component of language. That may shed some light on how human brain developed.