Antonino Pennisi Alessandra Falzone

Is a Darwinian Biolinguistics possible?

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Biolinguistics studies biology and evolution of language. Nevertheless, the main biolinguistic approach, the chomskyan one, adopts a Cartesian and anti-evolutionist epistemological framework. In this paper we propose an evolutionary approach to biolinguistics. In particular, we argue that a strictly Darwinian biolinguistics can not be separated from the analysis of morphological structures that allow evolution and ontogenesis of language, both as a communicative that cognitive function. To do this we compare the Darwinian idea of language, with the current theories of the Evo-Devo about constraints and the theories of linguistic performance.


  • Darwinian Biolinguistics
  • Chomskyan Biolinguistic
  • Constraints
  • Language Evolution
  • Evo-Devo
  • Performativity


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