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Language as shaped by the brain; the brain as shaped by development

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  01 October 2008

Joseph C. Toscano
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242joseph-toscano@uiowa.eduhttp://www.uiowa.edu/~icdlslynn-perry@uiowa.edumarcus-galle@uiowa.edu
Lynn K. Perry
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242joseph-toscano@uiowa.eduhttp://www.uiowa.edu/~icdlslynn-perry@uiowa.edumarcus-galle@uiowa.edu
Kathryn L. Mueller
Affiliation:
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242kathryn-mueller@uiowa.eduallison-bean@uiowa.edu
Allison F. Bean
Affiliation:
Department of Communication Sciences and Disorders, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242kathryn-mueller@uiowa.eduallison-bean@uiowa.edu
Marcus E. Galle
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242joseph-toscano@uiowa.eduhttp://www.uiowa.edu/~icdlslynn-perry@uiowa.edumarcus-galle@uiowa.edu
Larissa K. Samuelson
Affiliation:
Department of Psychology and Iowa Center for Developmental and Learning Sciences, University of Iowa, Iowa City, IA 52242. larissa-samuelson@uiowa.edu

Abstract

Though we agree with their argument that language is shaped by domain-general learning processes, Christiansen & Chater (C&C) neglect to detail how the development of these processes shapes language change. We discuss a number of examples that show how developmental processes at multiple levels and timescales are critical to understanding the origin of domain-general mechanisms that shape language evolution.

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