Tid: Onsdag 9 december 2015 kl. 15:00-17:00
Plats: C307, Södra huset, Frescati

Postseminarium följer direkt efter seminariet i institutionens pentry.


It is commonly assumed in evolutionary linguistics that language evolved for communication. But much recent work in biolinguistics, e.g. Chomsky (2010), proposes instead that language evolved for purely internal use, as a cognitive tool, with no externalization until at a later stage in language evolution.

How well supported is really our general assumption of communicative language origins? Does it make sense to have instead an early stage with internal language only? I will review the arguments invoked in favor of the incommunicado hypothesis, and critically evaluate their strength.


Johan Sjons och Ljuba Veselinova