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With diversity in mind: Freeing the language sciences from Universal Grammar

Evans, Nicholas; Levinson, Stephen C.


Our response takes advantage of the wide-ranging commentary to clarify some aspects of our original proposal and augment others. We argue against the generative critics of our coevolutionary program for the language sciences, defend the use of close-to-surface models as minimizing cross-linguistic data distortion, and stress the growing role of stochastic simulations in making generalized historical accounts testable. These methods lead the search for general principles away from idealized...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2009
Type: Journal article
Source: Behavioral and Brain Sciences
DOI: 10.1017/S0140525X09990525


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