Darwin-L Message Log 1:97 (September 1993)

Academic Discussion on the History and Theory of the Historical Sciences

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<1:97>From JQRQC@CUNYVM.CUNY.EDU  Sat Sep 11 13:03:25 1993

Date: Sat, 11 Sep 1993 14:00:16 -0400 (EDT)
Subject: Evolution in linguistics?
To: darwin-l@ukanaix.cc.ukans.edu

The recent mention of similarities between reasoning in science and in lin-
guistics raises the question, Have there been discussions of linguistic evo-
lution as a process closely paralleling biological evolution? Of course, there
is always a free and general metaphoric correspondence implied in all talk of
language families, but I would like to know whether anyone has attempted a
systematic correspondence between the two activities.

Joseph Raben

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