Darwinian Biolinguistics

Theory and History of a Naturalistic Philosophy of Language and Pragmatics

  • Antonino Pennisi
  • Alessandra Falzone

Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 12)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-ix
  2. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
    Pages 1-4
  3. History and State of the Art

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 5-5
    2. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 7-13
    3. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 15-29
    4. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 31-38
    5. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 39-78
  4. Towards a Darwinian Biolinguistics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 79-79
    2. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 81-85
    3. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 87-98
    4. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 99-121
    5. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 123-141
    6. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 143-167
  5. Extended Performativity: From Brain Plasticity to Linguistic Pragmatics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 169-169
    2. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 171-179
    3. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 181-189
    4. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 191-210
    5. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 211-239
    6. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 241-250
    7. Antonino Pennisi, Alessandra Falzone
      Pages 251-269

About this book

Introduction

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.
 

Keywords

Chomskyan philosophy of language Darwinian linguistics biolinguistics biological and functional aspects of language biological origins of language darwinian biolinguistics and cognitive science darwinism in linguistics human cognition animal cognition linguistic pragmatics pragmatics and social cognition recursion and vocal articulation technomorphic thought

Authors and affiliations

  • Antonino Pennisi
    • 1
  • Alessandra Falzone
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly
  2. 2.Department of Cognitive ScienceUniversity of MessinaMessinaItaly

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-319-47688-9
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-47686-5
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-47688-9
  • Series Print ISSN 2214-3807
  • Series Online ISSN 2214-3815
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