Publications

Publications

Le intelligenti autocritiche di Darwin

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2017 (in press). Le intelligenti autocritiche di Darwin. Rivista di Filosofia (special issue).

Medeiros and Piattelli-Palmarini The Golden Phrase (in press)

Medeiros, D., & Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (in press). The Golden Phrase: Steps to the Physics of Language. In A. Gallego & R. Martin (Eds.), Language, Syntax, and the Natural Sciences. Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Medeiros, Bever, Piattelli-Palmarini on language universals

Medeiros, D., Thomas G. Bever, & Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2016). Many important language universals are not reducible to processing or cognition.” Invited commentary on Christianen, Morten H., and Nick Chater, “The Now-or-Never Bottleneck:  A Fundamental Constraint on Language.”. Behavioral and Brain Sciences, 39 42-43.

Piattelli-Palmarini and Vitiello Third factors in language design

Piattelli-Palmarini, M., & Vitiello, G. (in press). Third factors in language design:  some suggestions from Quantum Field Theory. In J. McGilvray (Ed.), The Cambridge Companion to Chomsky, 2nd Edition. Cambridge, UK and New York: Cambridge University Press.  

On Fodor and the innateness of basic concepts

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (in press). Fodor and the innatness of all (basic) concepts. In R. G. de Almeida & L. Gleitman (Eds.), Minds on Language and Thought (A Festschrift for Jerry Fodor). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

Piattelli-Palmarini and Vitiello Linguistics and underlying dynamics

Piattelli-Palmarini, M., & Vitiello, G. (2015). Linguistics and some aspects of its underlying dynamics. arXiv.org > cs > arXiv:1506.08663 arXiv:1506.08663v1 [cs.CL], Cornell University Library. Retrieved from

Language Down The Garden Path: The Cognitive And Biological Basis for Linguistic Structures.

M. Piattelli Palmarini. (in press for 2013). On abstraction and language universals. In M. Sanz, Laka, I. & Tanenhaus, M. (Eds.), Language Down The Garden Path: The Cognitive And Biological Basis for Linguistic Structures. Oxford UK: Oxford University Press.

The Cambridge Handbook of Biolinguistics

M. Piattelli-Palmarini. (in press for 2013). Biolinguistics yesterday, today, and tomorrow. In C. Boeckx & Grohmann, K. K. (Eds.), The Cambridge Handbook of Biolinguistics (pp. 12-21). Cambridge UK and New York: Cambridge University Press.

Rich Languages from Poor Inputs

R. C. Berwick, Chomsky, N., & Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2012). Poverty of the Stimulus Stands: Why Recent Challenges Fail. In M. Piattelli- Palmarini & Berwick, R. C. (Eds.), Rich Languages from Poor Inputs (pp. 19-42). Oxford, UK: Oxford University Press.

What Darwin Got Wrong

Fodor, J. and Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2011). Reply to our Critics. What Darwin Got Wrong. Picador Press.

The Spiked Review of Books

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2010). It is now blasphemy to criticise Darwin. The Spiked Review of Books Friday 26 March.

New Scientist Magazine

Fodor, J. and Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2010). Survival of the fittest theory: Darwinism's limits. New Scientist Magazine (2746 (06 February)): pp. 28-31. 

Biolinguistics

Di Sciullo, A. M., M. Piattelli-Palmarini, K. Wexler, R. C. Berwick, et al. (2010). The biological nature of human language. Biolinguistics 4(1): 4-34.

Of Minds and Language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country.

Vercelli, D. and M. Piattelli-Palmarini (2009). Language in an epigenetic framework. In Of Minds and Language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country. (M.Piattelli.Palmarini, Uriagereka, J. and Salaburu, P., Eds.) Oxford, UK, Oxford University Press: pp. 97-107. 

Of Minds and Language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country

Piattelli-Palmarini, M., Salaburu, P., and Uriagereka, J. (2009). Introduction. Of Minds and Language: A Dialogue with Noam Chomsky in the Basque Country. Oxford University Press

The Evolution of Human Language: Biolinguistic Perspectives

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2009). What is language, that it may have evolved, and what is evolution, that it may apply to language. In R. K. Larson, V. Deprez and H. Yamakido (eds.) The Evolution of Human Language: Biolinguistic Perspectives. Cambridge University Press. Cambridge UK: pp. 148-162 

Physics of Life Reviews

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. and J. Uriagereka (2008). Still a bridge too far? Biolinguistic questions for grounding language on brains. Physics of Life Reviews 5: 207-224.

Decision Modeling and Behavior in Complex and Uncertain Environments

Smith, E. D., M. Piattelli-Palmarini and A. T. Bahill. (2008). Cognitive biases affect the acceptance of tradeoff studies. In Kugler, T., J. C. Smith, T. Connolly and Y. J. Son. (Eds.), Decision Modeling and Behavior in Complex and Uncertain Environments (pp. 227-249). New York: Springer, Science+Business Media.

Evolution in Four Dimensions

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2008). Novel Tools at the Service of Old Ideas. Review of Jablonka, Eva & Marion J. Lamb. 2005. Evolution in Four Dimensions. Cambridge MA, MIT Press. Biolinguistics 2.2.

On the Philosophy of Donald Davidson.

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2008). Events and Conservativity: Clues towards Language Evolution. In M.C. Amoretti and N. Vassallo (eds), Knowledge, Language, and Interpretation. On the Philosophy of Donald Davidson. Frankfurt: Ontos Verlag.

Systems Engineering

Smith, E. D., Son, Y. J., Piattelli-Palmarini, M., & Bahill, A. T. (2007). Ameliorating mental mistakes on tradeoff studies. Systems Engineering, 10(3), 222-240.

he return of the laws of form. In C. P. Manzu' (Ed.), Life on the Edge (La Vita in Bilico) (Volume 2 - Workshop 1)

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2006). The return of the laws of form. In C. P. Manzu' (Ed.), Life on the Edge (La Vita in Bilico) (Volume 2 - Workshop 1), pp. 45-57). Roma (Italy): Centro Pio Manzu'.

The Linguistic Review

Boeckx, C., & Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2005). Language as a natural object, linguistics as a natural science. The Linguistic Review, 22(2-3 "A review of the Role of Linguistics in Cognitive Science" (Nancy A. Ritter Ed.)), 447-466.

Human Brain Mapping

Canessa, N., Gorini, A., Cappa, S. F., Piattelli.Palmarini, M., Danna, M., & Fazio, F. 2005. The effect of social content on deductive reasoning: An fMRI study. Human Brain Mapping 26: 30-43. 

Variations and Universals in Biolinguistics

Piattelli-Palmarini, M., & Uriagereka, J. (2004). The Immune Syntax: The Evolution of the Language Virus. In L. Jenkins (Ed.), (Chapter 4 of) Variations and Universals in Biolinguistics (pp. 341-377). Amsterdam, Boston: Elsevier North-Holland.

To put it simply...

Piattelli-Palmarini M. (2003). To put it simply..(Basic Concepts). Nature 426 (11 December): 607.

What is cognitive science? Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science

Lynn Nadel and Massimo Piattelli-Palmarini (2003). What is cognitive science? Introduction to the Encyclopedia of Cognitive Science (Macmillan)

Grammar: The barest essentials.

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2002). Grammar: The barest essentials. Nature 416 (14 March 2002): 129.

Speaking of learning: How do we acquire our marvellous facility for expressing ourselves in words?

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2001). Speaking of learning: How do we acquire our marvellous facility for expressing ourselves in words? (Review of "Pathways to Language: From Fetus to Adolescent", by Kyra Karmiloff-Smith and Annette Karmiloff-Smith. Harvard University Press, 2001). Nature 411 (21 June 2001): 887-888.

Speaking in too many tongues.

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2000). Speaking in too many tongues. Nature 408 (23 November): pp. 403-404.

What's Within? Nativism Reconsidered.

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2000). What's Within? Nativism Reconsidered. Trends in Cognitive Science 4 (July): pp. 290.

Tower of Babel

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (2000). Tower of Babel. Trends in Ecology and Evolution 15 (4 April): pp. 173-174.

The Universal Structure of Babbling

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (1999). The Universal Structure of Babbling. Nature, 400 (26 August): pp. 289-230.

Rhyme and Reason: An Introduction to Minimalist Syntax

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (1998). ForewordRhyme and Reason: An Introduction to Minimalist Syntax. J. Uriagereka. Cambridge, MA, The MIT Press: pp. xxi-xxxvi.

In The Problem of Meaning: Behavioral and Cognitive Perspectives

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. and C. Cecchetto (1997). The Problem of Meaning in Generative Grammar. In The Problem of Meaning: Behavioral and Cognitive Perspectives. M. C. Mandell and A. Amsterdam, Elsevier Science: pp. 415-469.

Wishful Thinking?

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (1996). Wishful Thinking? Nature 382 (8 August): pp. 505-506.

Ever since language and learning: afterthoughts on the Piaget-Chomsky debate.

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (1994). Ever since language and learning: afterthoughts on the Piaget-Chomsky debate. Cognition 50: pp. 315-346.

So Human a Brain: Knowledge and Values in the Neurosciences

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (1992). Truth in dreaming. In A. Harrington (Ed.), So Human a Brain: Knowledge and Values in the Neurosciences, pp.14-36. Birkhäuser Press, Boston MA.

Evolution, selection and cognition: from "learning" to parameter setting in biology and in the study of Language.

Piattelli-Palmarini, M. (1989). Evolution, selection and cognition: from "learning" to parameter setting in biology and in the study of Language.Cognition, 31: pp. 1-44.

Language and Learning: The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky

Piattelli-Palmarini M. (1980) Introduction to Language and Learning: The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky (the Royaumont debate) (Harvard University Press, 1980). How hard is the "hard core" of a scientific theory?Part 2 and end.

Language and Learning: The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky

Piattelli-Palmarini M. (1980) Preface and Introduction to Language and Learning: The Debate between Jean Piaget and Noam Chomsky (the Royaumont debate) (Harvard University Press, 1980). Part 1