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.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)e86
JournalThe Behavioral and brain sciences
Volume39
DOIs
StatePublished - Jan 1 2016

ASJC Scopus subject areas

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

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