Culture – Language – Cognition: Special Commemorative Issue - 20th Birthday of Pragmatics & Cognition 20:2 (2012)
  • ISSN 0929-0907
  • E-ISSN: 1569-9943
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This review article discusses some problems and needs for clarification that are connected with the use of the concepts culture, language, tool, and communication in Daniel Everett’s recently published book, Language: The Cultural Tool. It also discusses whether the idea of biological readiness and preparedness for language (rather than grammar) can really be disposed of as a result of Everett’s very convincing arguments against a specific genetic predisposition for the syntactic component of a grammar. Finally, it calls into question whether Everett really is true to his professed ideology of scientific ideographical pragmatism.


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