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).
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