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How language couldn't have evolved: a critical examination of Berwick and Chomsky's theory of language evolution

Planer, Ronald


This article examines some recent work by Berwick and Chomsky as presented in their book Why Only Us? Language and Evolution (2015). As I understand them, Berwick and Chomsky's overarching purpose is to explain how human language could have arisen in so short an evolutionary period. After articulating their strategy, I argue that they fall far short of reaching this goal. A co-evolutionary scenario linking the mechanisms that realize the language system, both with one other and with cognitive...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology & Philosophy
DOI: 10.1007/s10539-017-9606-y


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