Niche-construction, co-evolution, and domain-specificity

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (5):526-526 (2008)
Abstract
That language is shaped to fit the human brain is close to the Chomskyan position. The target article by Christiansen & Chater (C&C) assumes an entity, outside individual heads. What is the nature of this entity? Linguistic niche-construction and co-evolution of language and genes are possible, with some of what evolved being language-specific. Recent generative theory postulates much less than the old Universal Grammar (UG).
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X08005165
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