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Could an autonomous syntax module have evolved?

Authors
Journal
Brain and Language
0093-934X
Publisher
Elsevier
Publication Date
Volume
43
Issue
4
Identifiers
DOI: 10.1016/0093-934x(92)90095-v
Disciplines
  • Linguistics
  • Medicine

Abstract

Abstract Darwinian evolution necessitates a contribution to reproductive fitness. Recent studies of aphasia and Parkinson's disease show that functional syntactic ability involves neural structures that also are involved in speech motor control and nonlinguistic cognition. The evolution or presence of an autonomous syntax module is, therefore, implausible.

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