Structures, Not Strings: Linguistics as Part of the Cognitive Sciences

@article{Everaert2015StructuresNS,
  title={Structures, Not Strings: Linguistics as Part of the Cognitive Sciences},
  author={Martin B. H. Everaert and Marinus A. C. Huybregts and Noam Chomsky and Robert C. Berwick and Johan J Bolhuis},
  journal={Trends in Cognitive Sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={19},
  pages={729-743}
}
There are many questions one can ask about human language: its distinctive properties, neural representation, characteristic uses including use in communicative contexts, variation, growth in the individual, and origin. Every such inquiry is guided by some concept of what 'language' is. Sharpening the core question--what is language?--and paying close attention to the basic property of the language faculty and its biological foundations makes it clear how linguistics is firmly positioned within… CONTINUE READING

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