The Biolinguistic Enterprise: New Perspectives on the Evolution and Nature of the Human Language…

Paperback | April 17, 2011

EditorAnna Maria Di Sciullo, Cedric Boeckx

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This book, by leading scholars, represents some of the main work in progress in biolinguistics. It offers fresh perspectives on language evolution and variation, new developments in theoretical linguistics, and insights on the relations between variation in language and variation in biology.The authors address the Darwinian questions on the origin and evolution of language from a minimalist perspective, and provide elegant solutions to the evolutionary gap between human language and communication in all other organisms. They consider language variation in the context of currentbiological approaches to species diversity - the 'evo-devo revolution' - which bring to light deep homologies between organisms. In dispensing with the classical notion of syntactic parameters, the authors argue that language variation, like biodiversity, is the result of experience and thus not apart of the language faculty in the narrow sense. They also examine the nature of this core language faculty, the primary categories with which it is concerned, the operations it performs, the syntactic constraints it poses on semantic interpretation and the role of phases in bridging the gap between brain and syntax. Written in language accessibleto a wide audience, The Biolinguistic Enterprise will appeal to scholars and students of linguistics, cognitive science, biology, and natural language processing.

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This book, by leading scholars, represents some of the main work in progress in biolinguistics. It offers fresh perspectives on language evolution and variation, new developments in theoretical linguistics, and insights on the relations between variation in language and variation in biology.The authors address the Darwinian questions o...

Anna Maria Di Sciullo is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Quebec in Montreal and the director of the Major Collaborative Research Initiative on Interface Asymmetries. She held visiting positions at MIT and at the University of Venice. She is the author of Asymmetry in Morphology (2005), UG and External Systems (2005), Asy...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:576 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.07 inPublished:April 17, 2011Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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1. Anna Maria Di Sciullo and Cedric Boeckx: Introduction: Contours of the Biolinguistic Research AgendaPart One: Evolution2. Robert Berwick and Noam Chomsky: The Biolinguistic Program: The Current State of its Evolution3. Cedric Boeckx: Some Reflections on Darwin's Problem in the Context of Cartesian Biolinguistics4. Robert Berwick: Syntax Facit Saltum Redux: Biolinguistics and the Leap to Syntax5. Massimo Piatelli-Palmarini and Juan Uriagereka: A Geneticist's Dream, a Linguist's Nightmare: The Case of FOXP26. Lyle Jenkins: Biolinguistic Investigations: Genetics and Dynamics7. Tecumseh Fitch: "Deep Homology" in the Biology and Evolution of LanguagePart Two: Variation8. Lyle Jenkins: The Three factors in Evolution and variation9. Charles Yang: Three Factors in Language Variation10. Cedric Boeckx: Approaching Parameters from Below11. Rita Manzini and Leonardo Savoia: (Bio)linguistic Diversity12. Giuseppe Longobardi and Cristina Guardiano: The Biolinguistic Program and historical Reconstruction13. Anna Maria Di Sciullo: A Biolinguistic Approach to VariationPart Three: Computation14. Richard Kayne: Antisymmetry and the Lexicon15. Howard Lasnik: What Kind of Computing Device is the Human Language Faculty?16. Richard Larson: Clauses, Propositions, and Phases17. Alessandra Giorgi: Reflections on the Optimal Solution: On the Syntactic Representation of Indexicality18. Wolfram Hinzen: Emergence of a Systemic Semantics Through Minimal and underspecified Codes19. Carlo Cecchetto and Costanza Papagno: Bridging the Gap Between Brain and Syntax. A Case for a Role of the Phonological Loop20. Robert Berwick: All you Need is Merge: Biology, Computation, and language from the Bottom-upReferencesIndex