Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Language in the modular mind? It’s a no-brainer!

Derek Bickerton a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Hawaii, Honolulu, HI 96822


Although Carruthers’ proposals avoid some of the more obvious pitfalls that face analysts of the language-cognition relationship, they are needlessly complex and vitiated by his uncritical acceptance of a highly modular variety of evolutionary psychology. He pays insufficient attention both to the neural substrate of the processes he hypothesizes and to the evolutionary developments that gave rise to both language and human cognition.