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Computational Phenotypes: Towards an Evolutionary Developmental Biolinguistics

Sergio Balari and Guillermo Lorenzo


This is a book about language as a species-typical trait of humans. Linguists customarily describe it as an extremely exceptional capacity, even when compared with the biological endowment of closely related species, and this is the source of the many quarrels that exist around the aim of explaining its evolutionary origins. This book argues that language is not so exceptional after all, as according to the text it is just the human version of a rather common and conservative organic system that they refer to as the Central Computational Complex. The book argues that inter-specific variation o ... More

Keywords: faculty of language, computation, homology, evolution, development, animal cognition

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2012 Print ISBN-13: 9780199665464
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2013 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665464.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Sergio Balari, author
Universitat Autònoma de Barcelona and Fellow Researcher, Centre de Lingüística Teòrica (UAB)

Guillermo Lorenzo, author
University of Oviedo