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Prospettive sul linguaggio umano e animale negli studi linguistici: da Chomsky ad Hurford
Mancini, Azzurra (2012) Prospettive sul linguaggio umano e animale negli studi linguistici: da Chomsky ad Hurford. LZ - Linguistica Zero - Rivista del Dottorato in "Teoria delle Lingue e del Linguaggio" (5). pp. 48-72. ISSN 2038-8675
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The discussion about the phylogenetic relation between human and other animals – and between their abilities, both cognitive and communicative ones – traces back to ancient times. In this discussion, language has been one of the main topics for a long time. During the XX century – probably because of the great influence of structuralism and generativism – Linguistics paid little attention to the comparison between human language and animal language, though in recent years a new trend is to be sought. Two linguists – Noam Chomsky and James Hurford – seem to exemplify the evolution of the discussion: both human and non-human abilities turn out to be the focus of an interdisciplinary and comparative approach that might lead up to a deeper comprehension of the language faculty.
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