The faculty of language: what's special about it?

@article{Pinker2005TheFO,
  title={The faculty of language: what's special about it?},
  author={Steven Pinker and Ray Jackendoff},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2005},
  volume={95},
  pages={201-236}
}
We examine the question of which aspects of language are uniquely human and uniquely linguistic in light of recent suggestions by Hauser, Chomsky, and Fitch that the only such aspect is syntactic recursion, the rest of language being either specific to humans but not to language (e.g. words and concepts) or not specific to humans (e.g. speech perception). We find the hypothesis problematic. It ignores the many aspects of grammar that are not recursive, such as phonology, morphology, case… Expand
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