Chomsky and Biolinguistics

  • Antonino Pennisi
  • Alessandra Falzone
Part of the Perspectives in Pragmatics, Philosophy & Psychology book series (PEPRPHPS, volume 12)


This chapter describes the origin of contemporary biolinguistics. In particular, the authors discuss the philosophical and linguistic presuppositions of Chomskyan biolinguistics and his ambiguous positions on dualism and Platonism. They also analyze the Chomskyan approach to evolutionism and its criticism of the more functionalist and adaptationist aspects of Darwinism. They highlight his choice to counteract the tendency of naturalistic studies not to develop a solid theory of language.


Human Language Language Faculty Cognitive Ethology Functionalist Reading Contemporary Cognitive Science 
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Authors and Affiliations

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

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