On True Homologues

Sergio Balari and Guillermo Lorenzo

in Computational Phenotypes

Published in print December 2012 | ISBN: 9780199665464
Published online January 2013 | e-ISBN: 9780191746116 | DOI:

Series: Oxford Studies in Biolinguistics

On True Homologues

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A problematic stance pervading biological theory consists of establishing homological relations using behavioral and ultimately functional criteria. The communicative approach discussed in the previous chapter is but a particular instance of this contentious bearing. This chapter carefully elaborates the argument that homologies can only be based on structural grounds and the chapter also presents the idea that these structural homologies can be established at several hierarchical levels of non-conflicting structural analysis.

Keywords: behaviorism; homology concepts; behavioral homology; historical homology; ahistorical homology; archetypes

Chapter.  12608 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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