Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology

Darwinian Biolinguistics

Theory and History of a Naturalistic Philosophy of Language and Pragmatics

Authors: Pennisi, Antonino, Falzone, Alessandra

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  • Adopts a unique perspective for analyzing the nature and origin of language, and the biology of language
  • Opens up a new evolutionary scenario in which structural and functional aspects of language are unified by biological constraints
  • Offers a new and radically evolutionary approach to biolinguistics
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This book proposes a radically evolutionary approach to biolinguistics that consists in considering human language as a form of species-specific intelligence entirely embodied in the corporeal structures of Homo sapiens. The book starts with a historical reconstruction of two opposing biolinguistic models: the Chomskian Biolinguistic Model (CBM) and the Darwinian Biolinguistic Model (DBM). The second part compares the two models and develops into a complete reconsideration of the traditional biolinguistic issues in an evolutionary perspective, highlighting their potential influence on the paradigm of biologically oriented cognitive science. The third part formulates the philosophical, evolutionary and experimental basis of an extended theory of linguistic performativity within a naturalistic perspective of pragmatics of verbal language.
The book proposes a model in which the continuity between human and non-human primates is linked to the gradual development of the articulatory and neurocerebral structures, and to a kind of prelinguistic pragmatics which characterizes the common nature of social learning. In contrast, grammatical, semantic and pragmatic skills that mark the learning of historical-natural languages are seen as a rapid acceleration of cultural evolution. The book makes clear that this acceleration will not necessarily favour the long-term adaptations for Homo sapiens. 

Table of contents (16 chapters)

Table of contents (16 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Darwinian Biolinguistics
Book Subtitle
Theory and History of a Naturalistic Philosophy of Language and Pragmatics
Authors
Series Title
Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology
Series Volume
12
Copyright
2016
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing AG
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-47688-9
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-47688-9
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-47686-5
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-83797-0
Series ISSN
2214-3807
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
IX, 301
Number of Illustrations
12 b/w illustrations
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