Print version of the Biolinguistics special issue celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the publication of Eric Lenneberg’s Biological Foundations of Language.
Print publication subsidised by the Referat für Wissenschaft & Forschung der Steiermarkischen Landesregierung.
A brief look at the life and groundbreaking work of Eric Lenneberg, one of the co-founders of biolinguistics, that is the study of the biological foundations of the human capacity for language.
Editorial for the Biolinguistics special issue celebrating the 50-year anniversary of the publication of Eric Lenneberg’s Biological Foundations of Language.
“The study of language is pertinent to many fields of inquiry,”
reads the first sentence of the preface to Biological Foundations of Language. Linguistics, as the scientific study of language, can indeed be approached from a myriad of different perspectives and in cooperation with researchers from a variety of disciplines, ranging from the humanities to the social and natural sciences. This month’s feature on the history of linguistics seeks to bring to mind again a true classic of interdisciplinary studies in language, Eric Lenneberg’s book entitled Biological Foundations of Language, which was first published in 1967—exactly 50 years ago.