Language as ergonomic perfection

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (5):530-531 (2008)
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Christiansen & Chater (C&C) have taken the interactionist approach to linguistic universals to an extreme, adopting the metaphor of language as an organism. This metaphor adds no insights to five decades of analyzing language universals as the result of interaction of linguistically unique and general cognitive systems. This metaphor is also based on an outmoded view of classical Darwinian evolution and has no clear basis in biology or cognition



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Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini
University of Arizona
Thomas Bever
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The intelligent universe.Fred Hoyle - 1984 - New York: Holt, Rinehart, and Winston.

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