On the role of the Baldwin effect in the evolution of a language faculty
Svetlana T.davidova
June 2024

The Baldwin effect is a highly controversial part of a new perspective the Extended Evolutionary Synthesis, featuring the influence of learning and development and the extent of its influence on biological evolution. For humans , a species highly influenced by culture and learning, the Baldwin effect offers a potentially plausible explanation for some human bio-cognitive properties, inexplicable by Modern Synthesis. It is particularly well positioned for explaining the human innate predispositions for learning and processing of language, i.e. a language faculty, as adaptation to a pre-existing language system, a product of cultural processes.
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keywords: evolution of language, language faculty, modern synthesis (ms), extended evolutionary synthesis(ees) baldwin effect, semantics, syntax
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