The Biolinguistics Initiative Barcelona is a research group led by Cedric Boeckx (ICREA Research Professor) based at the University of Barcelona. The group focuses on the neurobiological foundations of the human capacity to naturally acquire grammatical systems. We believe that the human capacity for language is the result of a complex interplay between nature and nurture, and that the mosaic nature of this capacity demands a broad comparative method, recognizing the mental richness of other species. It also demands an analysis across several levels of description: the genome, the epigenome, the connectome, the dynome, the cognome, and ultimately the phenome.

Drawing by Thomas O’Rourke, image credit.