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ERIC Number: EJ858635
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Jan
Pages: 27
Abstractor: As Provided
Reference Count: 0
ISSN: ISSN-0388-0001
Evolutionary Developmental Linguistics: Naturalization of the Faculty of Language
Locke, John L.
Language Sciences, v31 n1 p33-59 Jan 2009
Since language is a biological trait, it is necessary to investigate its evolution, development, and functions, along with the mechanisms that have been set aside, and are now recruited, for its acquisition and use. It is argued here that progress toward each of these goals can be facilitated by new programs of research, carried out within a new theoretical framework--one that could be called "evolutionary developmental linguistics" (EDL)--respecting current developments in biology, anthropology, psychology, and cognitive neuroscience. EDL is concerned with the evolution of developmental properties, processes, and stages (evo [right arrow] devo) that independently, or in concert with other environmental changes, facilitated the emergence of language in the species (devo [right arrow] evo). I describe recent work carried out within this framework, and suggest future lines of research. The faculty of language stands to benefit from a synthesis of evolution and development, as does the field of linguistics. (Contains 1 figure.)
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Language: English
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