Language acquisition recapitulates language evolution?

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (5):532-533 (2008)
Christiansen & Chater (C&C) focus solely on general-purpose cognitive processes in their elegant conceptualization of language evolution. However, numerous developmental facts attested in L1 acquisition confound C&C's subsequent claim that the logical problem of language acquisition now plausibly recapitulates that of language evolution. I argue that language acquisition should be viewed instead as a multi-layered construction involving the interplay of general and domain-specific learning mechanisms
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DOI 10.1017/S0140525X08005232
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