Forma y Función
versão impressa ISSN 0120-338X
NOAM ABRAHAM, Chomsky. Biolinguistics and Human Capacity. Forma funcion, Santaf, de Bogot, D.C. [online]. 2006, n.19, pp. 57-71. ISSN 0120-338X.
This paper depicts a brief account of the so-called ´biolinguistic´ approach which dates back to the first postwar years, by taking into account progress in biology and mathematics. Some postulates of neuroscience (i.e. cognitive science) regarding the ´faculty of language´ as well as the last two models of GG: the ´Principles and Parameters´ (P&P) and the ´Minimalist´ models are reviewed. The latter aim to provide answers to key questions on the biology of language, its nature, its use, and its evolution. From this standpoint it has been attempted to characterize the biological endowment which allows human beings to acquire a grammar. Thus the biological endowment is seen as a function relating experience to grammar.
Palavras-chave : Biolinguistics; Faculty of Language; Mind (Mental Reality); Universal Grammar; Brain Organic Structure; Explanatory Adequacy.