Linguistic Typology 2015; 19(3): 463468 Thomas S. Stroik and Michael T. Putnam, The structural design of language. Cambridge: Cambridge University Press, 2013. xvii + 190 pages, ISBN 978-1-107-03483-9 (hardback), USD 94.99, GBP 59.99. Denis Bouchard, The nature and origin of language (Studies in the Evolution of Language 18). Oxford: Oxford University Press, 2013. xiii + 385 pages, ISBN 978-0-19-968162-4 (hardback), USD 135, GBP 79; ISBN 978-0-19-968163-1 (paperback), USD 50, GBP 30. Reviewed by Jeffrey Heath, Department of Linguistics, University of Michigan, 440 Lorch Hall, 611 Tappan Street, Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1220, USA, E-mail: email@example.com DOI 10.1515/lingty-2015-0014 1 Background In the last few decades syntax-centric generative theory has been beleagered more from the outside than from the inside of linguistics. First it was learnability, which continues to be the major reason why computational linguists tend to prefer other models. More recently it is evolutionary biology (Bouchard's book was preceded by no fewer than 17 volumes in the Oxford series on evolution of language). And this time the rebellion is from within the ranks. The two books under review are the work of experienced syntacticians. Both Bouchard (B) and Stroik & Putnam (S&P) take as their starting point the evolutionary
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