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The Monro Lecture

The Monro Lecture

The Monro Lecture: Blue Room, Tuesday, November 29th

On the evening of the 29th November, in the Blue Room, Mr Dominic Scott delivered his first Monro Lecture to a large audience of boys and dons. His Subject was “Before Language: the Infancy of Speech in the Species and the Individual” and he took us on a fascinating tour of how language and other forms of communication developed – adding plenty of audience involvement in the process.  Indeed we all learned how comparatively recently, in terms of human evolution, writing developed: a mere 5,500 years ago - whereas the earliest cave paintings went back 41,000 years. Dominic was also most informative on how speech so rapidly evolved and how the human brain developed so significantly, in order to cope with the mental demands of speech. As he emphasized: “huge swathes of our brains are only concerned with language.”

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