Niche-construction, co-evolution, and domain-specificity

James R. Hurford

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Abstract

That language is shaped to fit the human brain is close to the Chomskyan position. The target article by Christiansen & Chater (C&C) assumes an entity, "(the) language," outside individual heads. What is the nature of this entity? Linguistic niche-construction and co-evolution of language and genes are possible, with some of what evolved being language-specific. Recent generative theory postulates much less than the old Universal Grammar (UG).

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)526-526
Number of pages1
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume31
Issue number5
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - Oct 2008

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