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Evolutionary Syntax

Ljiljana Progovac


This book makes a case for a gradualist, adaptationist (Darwinian) approach to the evolution of syntax/grammar, subject to natural selection. It provides a specific framework for studying the evolution of syntax, with postulates that are at the right level of granularity to allow a synergy among the fields of evolutionary biology, theoretical syntax, typology, neuroscience, and genetics. This book pursues an internal reconstruction of the stages of grammar based on the syntactic theory associated with Chomskyan Minimalism, to arrive at very specific, testable hypotheses, which are corroborated ... More

Keywords: evolution of syntax, gradualist evolution, natural selection, theoretical syntax, Chomskyan Minimalism, internal reconstruction, crosslinguistic variation, genetics, fossils, hominin timeline

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780198736547
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: August 2015 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198736547.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ljiljana Progovac, author
Professor and Director of the Linguistics Program, Wayne State University