Methodological Tenets, Plausibility and Reality in Chomskyan Biolinguistics


  • Adolfo Martín García Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP), Argentina



Biolinguistics, Chomsky, Methodology, Tenets, Neurology, Plausibility, Reality


This paper assesses the impact that the methodological tenets of Chomskyan biolinguistics have had on the theory’s neurological plausibility and relation to reality. An overview of those methodological principles is followed by a recapitulation of the two main commitments that the theory adopted –as stated by Lakoff (1991) and Author (unpublished)– and of the different aspects that render the biolinguistic perspective neurologically implausible. Finally, the methodological tenets of biolinguistics will be critically analyzed and adduced to constitute the ultimate cause of the theory’s detachment from reality.

Author Biography

Adolfo Martín García, Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP), Argentina

Adolfo Martín García is a neurolinguistics scholar and a technical-scientific translator currently teaching linguistics at CAECE University (Mar del Plata, Argentina) and doing research at Universidad Nacional de Mar del Plata (UNMdP). He is an active member of the Análisis Epistemológico Research Group at the latter. Also, over the past two years he has co-authored several publications and scientific posters on neuropsychology with researchers from the Langone Medical Center at New York University (NYU). His recent work, presentations and papers are mainly focused on assessing the neurological plausibility of different linguistic theories, and on constructing a bridge between neurolinguistics and translation studies.


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How to Cite

García, A. M. (2010). Methodological Tenets, Plausibility and Reality in Chomskyan Biolinguistics. Linguistics and the Human Sciences, 3(3), 303–324.