In contrast with exaptation, which has been widely discussed over the last years, its conceptual counterpart in evolutionary biology, namely adaptation, does not seem to play any significant role in the actual linguistic debate. In the paper, the attempt is made to integrate this conceptual pair into our linguistic epistemolo- gy basically extending Lindblom’s (1998) model of adaptive changes beyond the domain of phonological change. In this light, adaptive changes are characterized as oriented and responding to a general design of economy and plasticity, while exaptive changes are normally non-oriented and result from the refunctional- ization of (partially pre-adapted) linguistic material.

Co-opting exaptation in a theory of language change

GAETA, Livio
2016

Abstract

In contrast with exaptation, which has been widely discussed over the last years, its conceptual counterpart in evolutionary biology, namely adaptation, does not seem to play any significant role in the actual linguistic debate. In the paper, the attempt is made to integrate this conceptual pair into our linguistic epistemolo- gy basically extending Lindblom’s (1998) model of adaptive changes beyond the domain of phonological change. In this light, adaptive changes are characterized as oriented and responding to a general design of economy and plasticity, while exaptive changes are normally non-oriented and result from the refunctional- ization of (partially pre-adapted) linguistic material.
Exaptation and Language Change
John Benjamins
Current Issues in Linguistic Theory
336
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9789027248558
https://benjamins.com/#catalog/books/cilt.336/main
language change, evolution, adaptation, exaptation
Gaeta, Livio
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