Many important language universals are not reducible to processing or cognition

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Abstract

Christiansen & Chater (C&C) ignore the many linguistic universals that cannot be reduced to processing or cognitive constraints, some of which we present. Their claim that grammar is merely acquired language processing skill cannot account for such universals. Their claim that all other universal properties are historically and culturally based is a nonsequitur about language evolution, lacking data.

LanguageEnglish (US)
Pagese86
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Volume39
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

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Linguistic Universals
Grammar
Cognitive Constraints
Language Universals
Language Processing
Evolution of Language
Cognition
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language
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linguistics
Linguistics

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  • Neuropsychology and Physiological Psychology
  • Physiology
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language
  • Behavioral Neuroscience

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Many important language universals are not reducible to processing or cognition. / Medeiros, David P.; Piattelli-Palmarini, Massimo; Bever, Thomas G.

In: The Behavioral and brain sciences, Vol. 39, 01.01.2016, p. e86.

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