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Mind Design and Minimal Syntax$
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Wolfram Hinzen

Print publication date: 2006

Print ISBN-13: 9780199289257

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289257.001.0001

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Biological Internalism

Biological Internalism

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(p.89) 3 Biological Internalism
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Mind Design and Minimal Syntax
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Wolfram Hinzen (Contributor Webpage)

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Oxford University Press
DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199289257.003.0003

This chapter introduces the tradition of biological internalism — starting in the 19th century and consistent with and complementary to Darwin's revolution — as something that current biolinguistic inquiry in the Minimalist Program is an example of. Chomsky's much discussed stance on evolution is presented as an essentially non-controversial quest for greater depth in biological explanation — a project depends on the maximization of the explanatory power of factors in the genesis of language which are both non-genetic and not language-specific (‘third-factor’ conditions).

Keywords:   biological explanation, rational morphology, evo-devo, unity of type, laws of form, structure and function, third factor

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