Language is extremely complex, extremely useful, found in all human populations and fundamentally different from any system of communication in other animals. Although there is a recognizable language processing network in the adult brain, it does not seem to rely on anatomical or neural structures, cell types, proteins or genes that differ fundamentally from those found in closely related species without language. This set of properties poses a major challenge for the language sciences: how do we reconcile observations about the uniqueness of language with those about the biological continuity of the underlying neural and genetic mechanisms? The Cognition, Language and Computation Lab face this challenge head-on. While much of the debate in linguistics emphasized either uniqueness or continuity, the Lab tries to develop models that do justice to insights from both traditions.