Linguistics and Philosophy

, Volume 3, Issue 1, pp 105–119 | Cite as

The genetics of language

  • Lyle Jenkins


Within the context of the study of the genetics of language, Chomskian laws of grammar, such as theStructure-dependence Condition and theA over A Condition, may be usefully regarded to have a status similar to that of Mendelian Laws in classical genetics. In both the case of Chomsky's Laws and Mendel's Laws, formal genetic principles are postulated which abstract away from the physical mechanisms involved and in both cases certain apparent counterexamples mirror a more complex underlying genetic organisation.


Artificial Intelligence Physical Mechanism Computational Linguistic Genetic Organisation Classical Genetic 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lyle Jenkins
    • 1
  1. 1.University of ViennaViennaAustria

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