marți, 10 iunie 2014
This book confronts the hotly debated claim that language is species specific trait of humans. It also considers the notion that disentangling the evolutionary history of language is oneof science's hardest problems. Building on the recent conceptual breakthroughs of the 'evo-devo' paradigm, Balari and Lorenzo argue that language is not so exceptional after all. It is, rather, just the human version of a fairly common and conservative organic system which they call the Central Computational Complex. The authors also propose that interspecies variation of this organ is restricted to (i) accessible memory resources, and (ii) patterns of external connectivity, both being the result of perturbations on the system underlying its development. The book, written accessibly for both biologists and linguists, offers fresh perspective on language as a naturally evolved phenomenon.
Balari, Sergio and Lorenzo, Guillermo
Computational Phenotypes, Oxford.-239 p.