The Last Chomsky and the Evolutionary Perspective

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


In this chapter, the authors discuss the developments of Chomskyan biolinguistics within the minimalist framework. In particular, they discuss the Chomskyan descriptions of sensorimotor and conceptual externalization devices and the computational processes Merge and Move. This chapter covers aspects related to the application of the minimalism-inspired revision of evolutionistic positions, starting from the saltation origin of language.


Sign Language Functionalist Gradualism Externalization Device Language Faculty Minimalist Program 
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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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