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

Joseph C. Toscano, Lynn K. Perry, Kathryn L. Mueller, Allison F. Bean, Marcus E. Galle, Larissa K. Samuelson

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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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)535-536
Number of pages2
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Issue number5
StatePublished - Oct 13 2008
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Behavioral Neuroscience


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