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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax$
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Derek Bickerton and Eörs Szathmáry

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013567

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.001.0001

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What Can Formal or Computational Models Tell Us about How (Much) Language Shaped the Brain?

What Can Formal or Computational Models Tell Us about How (Much) Language Shaped the Brain?

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Biological Foundations and Origin of Syntax
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Briscoe Ted

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DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013567.003.0017

This chapter considers arguments for and against language-specific learning bias or constraint on human languages within the framework of the debate over the role of innate constraints in human language acquisition as well as the link between putative linguistic universals and convergent linguistic evolution. It examines the evolutionary emergence and maintenance of an innate language acquisition device and the use of formal or computational models in investigating the extent to which the brain was shaped by language. It argues that grammar-specific bias must be taken into account when trying to explain language acquisition and that genetic assimilation is the most evolutionarily plausible mechanism for the emergence of language in the linguistic environment of adaptation.

Keywords:   learning bias, language, language acquisition, linguistic universals, linguistic evolution, language acquisition device, brain, genetic assimilation, innate constraints

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