Forthcoming: Reflections on Biolinguistics

We are happy to announce a forthcoming contribution to our series: Reflections on Biolinguistics, by Cedric Boeckx.


Biolinguistics provides a great example of the promises and the challenges of interdisciplinarity. As a field, it has its roots in the cognitive revolution and in particular in the early work of Lenneberg and Chomsky, which focused on “language” as part of our biological endownment. But this book argues that biolinguistics can and should be much more than just pointing towards biology. The past decades have seen methodological innovations and interdisciplinary rapprochements that make it possible to be more concrete about the “bio” part. Drawing on a wide range of cross-disciplinary work, Cedric Boeckx argues there has never been a better time to do biolinguistics.

About the author

Cedric Boeckx is Research Professor at the Catalan Institute for Advanced Studies (ICREA), a member of the Universitat de Barcelona Institute for Complex Systems, and a member of the section of General Linguistics at the Universitat de Barcelona. Before joining ICREA, he was Associate Professor of Linguistics at Harvard University. He is the author of numerous books, including Islands and Chains (2003), Linguistic Minimalism (2006), Bare Syntax (2008), Language in Cognition (2009), Syntactic Islands (2012), Elementary Syntactic Structures (2014), and the editor of numerous volumes. He is also the founding co-editor of the Open Access journal Biolinguistics, and the founding editor of the Oxford University Press monograph series Oxford Studies in Biolinguistics.