The recognition that contentful universals are rare and often banal does not undermine the fact that most non-universal but recurring patterns of language are amenable to explanation. These patterns are sensical or motivated solutions to interacting and often conflicting factors. As implied by the Evans & Levinson's (E&L's) article, linguistics would be well served to move beyond the essentialist bias that seeks universal, innate, unchanging categories with rigid boundaries.
All Science Journal Classification (ASJC) codes
- Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
- Behavioral Neuroscience