Selectionist Approaches in Evolutionary Linguistics: An Epistemological Analysis

@article{Gontier2012SelectionistAI,
  title={Selectionist Approaches in Evolutionary Linguistics: An Epistemological Analysis},
  author={N. Gontier},
  journal={International Studies in the Philosophy of Science},
  year={2012},
  volume={26},
  pages={67 - 95}
}
  • N. Gontier
  • Published 2012
  • Sociology
  • International Studies in the Philosophy of Science
Evolutionary linguistics is methodologically inspired by evolutionary psychology and the neo-Darwinian, selectionist approach. Language is claimed to have evolved by means of natural selection. The focus therefore lies not on how language evolved, but on finding out why language evolved. This latter question is answered by identifying the functional benefits and adaptive status that language provides, from which in turn selective pressures are deduced. This article analyses five of the most… Expand

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