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  1. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Roeland Hancock & Thomas Bever (2008). Language as Ergonomic Perfection. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 31 (5):530-531.
    Christiansen & Chater (C&C) have taken the interactionist approach to linguistic universals to an extreme, adopting the metaphor of language as an organism. This metaphor adds no insights to five decades of analyzing language universals as the result of interaction of linguistically unique and general cognitive systems. This metaphor is also based on an outmoded view of classical Darwinian evolution and has no clear basis in biology or cognition.
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  2. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini & Heidi Harley (2003). Arguments in the Syntactic Straitjacket. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 26 (3):297-298.
    While the search for the neural basis of the language of thought is a laudable enterprise, and the article by Hurford a valiant first attempt, we argue that in investigating the argument structure of natural language it will ultimately prove more fruitful to consider the restrictions forced on the system by its inherently syntactic character.
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  3. Heidi Harley & Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (2001). Innateness, Abstract Names, and Syntactic Cues in How Children Learn the Meanings of Words. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 24 (6):1107-1108.
    Bloom masterfully captures the state-of-the-art in the study of lexical acquisition. He also exposes the extent of our ignorance about the learning of names for non-observables. HCLMW adopts an innatist position without adopting modularity of mind; however, it seems likely that modularity is needed to bridge the gap between object names and the rest of the lexicon.
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  4. Stefano F. Cappa, Andrea Moro, Daniela Perani & Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (2000). Broca's Aphasia, Broca's Area, and Syntax: A Complex Relationship. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 23 (1):27-28.
    Three types of problems are raised in this commentary: On the linguistic side, we emphasize the importance of an appropriate definition of the different domains of linguistics. This is needed to define the domains (lexicon-syntax-semantics) to which transformational relations apply. We then question the concept of Broca's aphasia as a “functional” syndrome, associated with a specific lesion. Finally, we discuss evidence from functional brain imaging. The breadth and potential impact of such evidence has grown considerably in the last few years, (...)
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  5. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (2000). What's Within? Nativism Reconsidered by Fiona Cowie. Trends in Cognitive Sciences 4 (7):290.
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  6. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (1994). Ever Since Language and Learning: Afterthoughts on the Piaget-Chomsky Debate. Cognition 50 (1-3):315-346.
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  7. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (1990). An Ideological Battle Over Modals and Quantifiers. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (4):752-754.
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  8. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (1990). Somebody Flew Over Searle's Ontological Prison. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (4):618-619.
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  9. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (1990). Which Came First, the Egg-Problem or the Hen-Solution? Behavioral and Brain Sciences 13 (1):84-86.
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  10. P. N. Johnson-Laird, Jane Oakhill, Josef Perner, Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini, Lance J. Rips, Jennifer A. Sanderson, Michael Siegal & Yohtaro Takano (1989). OCk, athryn, 163 Byrne, Ruth MJ, 61 Cosmides, Leda, 187 Garnham, Alan, 45, 117. Cognition 31:295.
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  11. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (1989). Evolution, Selection, and Cognition: From Learning to Parameter Setting in Biology and in the Study of Language. Cognition 31 (1):1-44.
  12. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (1986). The Rise of Selective Theories: A Case Study and Some Lessons From Immunology. In William Demopoulos (ed.), Language Learning and Concept Acquisition. Ablex.
     
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  13. Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (ed.) (1980). Language and Learning: The Debate Between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky. Harvard University Press.