[Ads-l] Study of Cantonese lexical tone shows language evolution possibly linked to genes

Mark Mandel markamandel at GMAIL.COM
Fri May 29 05:51:36 UTC 2020

Forgot to include this:

 More information: Patrick C. M. Wong et al. ASPM-lexical tone association
in speakers of a tone language: Direct evidence for the genetic-biasing
hypothesis of language evolution, Science Advances (2020). DOI:


On Fri, May 29, 2020, 1:10 AM Mark Mandel <markamandel at gmail.com> wrote:

> https://phys.org/news/2020-05-cantonese-lexical-tone-language-evolution.html
> *Study of Cantonese lexical tone shows language evolution possibly linked
> to genes*
> May 28, 2020, Chinese University of Hong Kong
> Credit: CC0 Public Domain
> A research group led by Professor Patrick Chun Man Wong, Stanley Ho
> Professor of Cognitive Neuroscience of the Department of Linguistics and
> Modern Languages, recruited more than 400 native speakers of Cantonese for
> a study. The results show that participants with a specific genotype of the
> ASPM gene are better at perceiving lexical tone in Cantonese, and those
> without it may improve their abilities through musical training. The
> research offers clear evidence for the hypothesis that subtle differences
> in genetic makeup may form the basis of languages people speak in different
> regions of the world. In this case, because most Chinese people have an
> ASPM genotype that favors lexical tone processing, they adopted lexical
> tone in their language. The findings were recently published in the journal
> Science Advances.
> --MAM

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