The internal, the external and the hybrid: The state of the art and a new characterization of language as a natural object

Sergio Balari, Guillermo Lorenzo

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Abstract

The state of the art of the debate between externalist and internalist concepts of language is reviewed in this paper, and a new conceptualization of language as a “developmental hybrid” is suggested that entails that it equally comprises environmental and organism-internal component pieces, in an ultimately non dissociable way. The key for understanding this hybrid status is to be found in development, for when individually evolving, a general dynamic is observed in which organism-internal facilities selectively apply to certain designated aspects of the environmental stimulus, which in their turn have a facilitatory impact on these very same facilities. These kinds of loops inspire the conclusion that the internal and the external compose a single, integrated developmental unit.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-33
JournalGlossa: A journal of General Linguistics
Volume3
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jan 2018

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