- Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics
- The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Minimalism
- The Contributors
- List of Abbreviations and Symbols
- Some Roots of Minimalism in Generative Grammar
- Features in Minimalist Syntax
- Merge and Bare Phrase Structure
- Structure and Order: Asymmetric Merge
- The Copy Theory
- A-Bar Dependencies
- Head Movement and the Minimalist Program
- Derivational Cycles
- Anti-Locality: Too-Close Relations in Grammar
- No Derivation Without Representation
- Last Resort with Move and Agree in Derivations and Representations
- Syntax and Interpretation Systems: How is Their Labour Divided?
- Minimalist Construal: Two Approaches to A and B
- A Minimalist Approach to Argument Structure
- Minimalist Semantics
- Minimal Semantic Instructions
- Language and Thought
- Minimalism and Language Acquisition
- A Minimalist Program for Phonology
- Minimizing Language Evolution: The Minimalist Program and The Evolutionary Shaping of Language
- Computational Perspectives on Minimalism
Abstract and Keywords
This article sketches the sorts of issues that arise within evo-minimalism. Lewontin reminds us that the evolutionary study of cognition, and more particularly the language faculty, is no easy game, given the distance between the proteins genes express and the cognitive functions in whose development or deployment such proteins may be implicated. The article attempts to sketch the sorts of difficulties that arise in relating all the necessary steps leading from one to the other extreme of such a causal chain, which casts some doubt on the viability of constructing true evolutionary explanations in the realm of cognitive novelties such as the ‘Faculty of Language–Narrow Sense’. In addition, several difficulties exist in deciphering whether putative relations of hypothesized capacities in various species are genuine homologies, or instead, weaker analogies.
Víctor M. Longa is Associate Professor at the University of Santiago de Compostela (Spain). His research interests concern the evolutionary origins of language, following theoretical models like complexity theory and developmental systems theory. He also focuses on the application of Chomsky's minimalism as a theory of language evolution. He has published on these matters in Biolinguistics, Linguistics, Lingua, and Folia Linguistica. He is co-author of Homo Loquens. Biología y evolutión del lenguaje (Lugo, Tris Tram, 2003).
Guillermo Lorenzo is Associate Professor at the University of Oviedo. His research is devoted to extending evolutionary developmental biology to cognition and language, as well as to exploring Chomsky's minimalism as an evolutionary theory. He has published on these matters in Biological Theory, Biolinguistics, Linguistics, and Lingua. He is the author of El vacío sexual, la tautología natural y la promesa minimalista. Ensayos de biolingüística (Madrid, A. Machado, 2oo6)and co-author of Homo Loquens. Biología y evolutión del lenguaje (Lugo, Tris Tram, 2003).
Juan Uriagereka is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Maryland, College Park. His speciality is syntax, within the biolinguistics approach to the language faculty. Most of his technical work has been within the Minimalist Program, although he has also contributed to larger discussions involving linguistic architecture and its origins. Uriagereka has directed eighteen doctoral theses and the work of two postdoctoral researchers. He has published several books and articles in major venues, and was awarded the National Euskadi Prize for research in the Social Sciences and Humanities in 2001.
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