Language and Evolution

Language and Evolution

Date Posted: 

June 30, 2017

Date Recorded: 

May 30, 2017


Noam Chomsky
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On May 30th, 2017, during a CBMM Research Talk, Noam Chomsky shared insight into his latest book,  “Why Only Us: Language and Evolution” (co-authored with  Robert C. Berwick) where they discuss the biolinguistic  perspective on language, which views  language as a particular object of the  biological world; the computational  efficiency of language as a system of  thought and understanding; the tension  between Darwin’s idea of gradual change  and our contemporary understanding  about evolutionary change and language;  and evidence from nonhuman animals,  in particular vocal learning in songbirds.