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Selected Books by Edmund Blair Bolles

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  • The Ice Finders: How a Poet, a Professor, and a Politician Discovered the Ice Age
  • Einstein Defiant: Genius vs Genius in the Quantum Revolution

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JoseAngel

Another critique of a biolinguistic approach in the link above in my name - this one in Spanish. There is a weighty inheritance of generative grammar on this new "gene-"rativism.

JoseAngel

Sorry, I meant "the link below".

Michael

I also put my two cents in on the topic on my blog.
As Jose Angel said, the term biolinguistics is deeply intertwined with generative grammar - and thus maybe it should not be treated as a term for biologically oriented approaches to language, but as a denominator for the generatively oriented approaches in this vein.

It reminds me a bit of the term psychoanalysis, which also didn't refer to psychological enquiries into the humand mind in general, but only to eqnquiries in the tradition of Sigmund Freud.( I think Noam Chomsky still has a bit more scientific merit than Freud, but you see my point ;-) )

Maybe there should be another term for the other biological oriented-approaches to language.
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BLOGGER: I think the term biolinguistics is too handy to abandon lightly, but the point about psychoanalysis has some merit. Psychotherapy covers a wider range of approaches. Maybe evolutionary linguistics.

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