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But what have you done for us lately?: Some recent perspectives on linguistic nativism

Green, Christopher D. and Vervaeke, John (1997) But what have you done for us lately?: Some recent perspectives on linguistic nativism, in Johnson, David Martel and Erneling, Christina E., Eds. The future of the cognitive revolution, chapter 11, pages pp. 149-163. Oxford University Press.

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The aim of this chapter is to review recent developments in the debate over linguistic nativism. First, we will describe exactly what is now thought to be innate about language, and why it is thought to be innate rather than learned. Second, we will examine the evidence that many people take to be the greatest challenge to the nativist claim: ape language. Third, we will briefly consider how an innate language organ might have evolved. Fourth we will look at how an organism might communicate without benefit of the innate language structure proposed by Chomsky, and examine a number of cases in which this seems to be happening. Finally we will try to sum up our claims and characterize what we believe will be the most fruitful course of debate for the immediate future.

EPrint Type:Book Chapter
Keywords:language, linguistics, nativism, apes, creole, pidgin, computationalism, evolution, protolanguage, Chomsky
Subjects:Psychology > Evolution
Psychology > Language
Theory > Empiricism
Theory > Philosophy of Language
ID Code:4
Deposited By:Green, Christopher D.
Deposited On:29 May 2001
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