Journal title PARADIGMI
Author/s Francesco Ferretti
Publishing Year 2009 Issue 2009/1 Language Italian
Pages 10 P. 163-172 File size 70 KB
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Waiting for the Language Origin - Starting from a discussion of Sylvain Auroux’s new book (L’origine des langues... 2007), the paper develops a critique of the anti-naturalistic approach to the study of language. The rejection of the quest for language origin as a theory unsusceptible to scientific empirical treatment is an aspect of the idealistic consequences of anti-naturalist positions. A survey is presented of recent literature on the subject. In our opinion, evolutionary theories, revisited from a cognitive perspective, have radically changed the terms of the debate and made naturalism a viable alternative. Keywords: Evolutionism, FOXP2, Innateness, Linguistic variation, Nature-nurture debate, Origin of language.
Francesco Ferretti, L'origine del linguaggio può attendere in "PARADIGMI" 1/2009, pp 163-172, DOI: 10.3280/PARA2009-001012