Language as shaped by the brain; the brain as shaped by development

Toscano, J. C., Perry, L. K., Mueller, K. L., Bean, A. F., Galle, M. E., & Samuelson, L. K. (2008). Commentary on Christiansen & Chater, “Language as shaped by the brain”, Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 31, 535-536.

Abstract: Though we agree with their argument that language is shaped by domain-general learning processes, Christiansen & Chater (C&C) neglect to detail how the development of these processes shapes language change. We discuss a number of examples that show how developmental processes at multiple levels and timescales are critical to understanding the origin of domain-general mechanisms that shape language evolution.

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