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Title: Biology and Language: a response to Everett (2005)
Author: David W Lightfoot
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Institution: Georgetown University
Linguistic Field: Not Applicable
Abstract: In a recent review article in this journal, Everett (2005) finds our book Anderson & Lightfoot (2002) (as well as Givón 2002) seriously lacking and unpersuasive in the case it attempts to make for the importance of an understanding of the human language faculty as an aspect of our species' biology. Negative reviews are of course a feature of academic life, but Everett's piece exhibits enough misconceptions and misrepresentations, both of our work and of the nature of biology, to warrant a response.


This article appears IN Journal of Linguistics Vol. 42, Issue 2, which you can READ on Cambridge's site or on LINGUIST .

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