Faculty of language

The properties that all languages share are (among others) context independence, arbitrariness and recursion.  In this essay I consider the properties of the alleged faculty of language (FL).  FL is an umbrella term that describes the cognitive adaptations that are necessary for the emergence of language.  In section 1 I introduce the distinction between e-language and i-language.  In section 2 I discuss the concept of FL in more detail.  In section 3 I discuss the modularity hypothesis.  And in section 4 I discuss a leading hypothesis for how young children acquire their native languages so easily.  Read the full PDF here: Faculty of language

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