The genetics of language

Linguistics and Philosophy 3 (1):105 - 119 (1979)
Within the context of the study of the genetics of language, Chomskian laws of grammar, such as theStructure-dependence Condition and theA over A Condition, may be usefully regarded to have a status similar to that of Mendelian Laws in classical genetics. In both the case of Chomsky's Laws and Mendel's Laws, formal genetic principles are postulated which abstract away from the physical mechanisms involved and in both cases certain apparent counterexamples mirror a more complex underlying genetic organisation.
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Noam Chomsky (1979). Essays on Form and Interpretation. Philosophical Review 88 (3):457-460.
Robert May (1977). The Grammar of Quantification. Dissertation, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
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