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Working backwards from modern grammar to proto-grammar
Jönköping University, School of Education and Communication, HLK, Disciplinary Research.
2006 (English)In: The Evolution of Language: Proceedings of the 6th International Conference on the Evolution of Language,, 2006Conference paper, Published paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

The possibilities for a stepwise evolution of grammar are evaluated through an analysis of which components of modern human grammar are removable, and in what order, while still leaving a

functional communication system. It is found that recursivity is a prime candidate for being a late evolutionary addition, with flexibility and hierarchical rules coming next. Furthermore, it is argued that recursivity need not be the unitary infinite-loop concept of formal grammars, but can evolve in several smaller steps.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:hj:diva-4328OAI: oai:DiVA.org:hj-4328DiVA, id: diva2:35148
Available from: 2007-07-19 Created: 2007-07-19

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