Chomsky’s Inconsistencies in his Critique of Evolutionary Conceptions of Language

  • Zdzisława Piatek
Part of the Boston Studies in the Philosophy of Science book series (BSPS, volume 68)


Chomsky’s attitude toward any attempts to explain the evolutionary development of human natural language from other systems of animal communication is highly skeptical. In one of his recent works he writes:

In fact, the processes by which the human mind achieved its presents stage of complexity and its particular form of innate organization are a total mystery, as much so as the analogous questions about the physical or mental organization of any other complex organism (Chomsky 1972, p.97).


Language Learning Human Language Animal Communication Animal System Explanatory Adequacy 
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