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Title: Language Evolution and Syntactic Theory
Written By: Anna R. Kinsella

Evolution has not typically been recognised by linguists as a constraining
factor when developing linguistic theories. This book demonstrates that our
theories of language must reflect the fact that language has evolved. It
critiques a currently dominant framework in the field of linguistics - the
Minimalist Program - by showing how it fails to take evolution into
account. It approaches the question of the evolution of human language in a
novel way by applying findings from the field of evolutionary biology to
language. Key properties associated with typically evolving systems are
identified in language, and the shortcomings of the Minimalist Program in
its outright rejection of these features are exposed. The book will be of
interest to individual researchers and advanced students in linguistics,
psychology, biology, anthropology and cognitive science.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
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Format: Electronic
ISBN-13: 9780511590979