The origin and nature of the linguistic parasite

  • 1. The functionalist’s view: linguistic forms are instruments used to convey meaningful elements. This is the basis of European structuralism. 2. The formalist’s view: linguistic forms are abstract structures which can be filled with meaningful elements. This is the basis of generative grammar. 3. The parasitologist’s view: linguistic forms are vehicles for the reproduction of meaningful elements. This is the view which I advocated twenty years ago in the Festschrift for Werner Winter’s 60th birthday (1985). Here I intend to discuss the evolutionary origin and the physiological nature of the linguistic parasite. My theory of language is wholly consistent with Gerald Edelman’s theory of neuronal group selection.

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Author:Frederik H. H. KortlandtGND
Parent Title (German):Language in time and space [Fs. Winter]
Place of publication:Berlin
Document Type:Part of a Book
Date of Publication (online):2010/07/07
Year of first Publication:2003
Publishing Institution:Universitätsbibliothek Johann Christian Senckenberg
Release Date:2010/07/07
GND Keyword:Evolutionstheorie
Page Number:4
First Page:241
Last Page:244
Korrigierte Version , zuerst in: Language in time and space [Fs. Winter]. - Berlin: Mouton, 2003, S. 241-244
Source: ; (in:) Language in time and space [Fs. Winter]. - Berlin: Mouton, 2003, S. 241-244
Dewey Decimal Classification:4 Sprache / 40 Sprache / 400 Sprache
Linguistik-Klassifikation:Linguistik-Klassifikation: Sprachtheorie / Theory of language
Licence (German):License LogoDeutsches Urheberrecht