An Overview of Researches on Biolinguistics

Jieqiong WU


In 1997 in memory of the 40th anniversary of transformational-generative grammar, Jenkins wrote the article “Biolinguistics: structure development and evolution of language”, which helped produce large number of scholarly monographs and papers with respect to biolinguistics. Simultaneously, a series of relevant international academic seminars were successfully held. This paper, based on the summarization of research status quo on biolinguistics, looks forward to the future development of biolinguistics so as to help predict the tendency of biolinguistic researches.


Biolinguistics; Transformational-generative grammar; Linguistics; Biology

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