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 Post subject: New Article Challenges Static Bio Model of Language
PostPosted: Thu Jun 26, 2014 9:58 am 

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A new article available through PubMed, Universal Grammar and Biological Variation: An EvoDevo Agenda for Comparative Biolinguistics by Benítez-Burraco & Boeckx C, asserts that the current Chomskian paradigm of Universal Grammar and, by implication, a relatively static and fixed neurological underpinning of language, has been undermined by recent discoveries relating to the a much more plastic and cross modal structure of language faculties in the brain.

They assert "In a real sense it is the complex and changing interaction between the organism and its environment that shapes the final cognitive architecture of the brain [particularly in relationship to language]." To my mind anyway, if this is true it suggests a relationship of neuro-biology to language that is much more consistent with the kind of rapid and environmentally driven changes Jaynes suggests happened in humans than a Chomskian Universal Grammar understanding would support.

The article can be found at http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC4052002/

 Post subject: Re: New Article Challenges Static Bio Model of Language
PostPosted: Thu Jul 03, 2014 4:53 pm 
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Thanks for sharing this interesting article Andrew. Those interested in this debate should also read this related thread:


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