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Domain‐general processes as the basis for grammar  

Joan L. Bybee

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The article demonstrates many aspects of grammar that can be derived from domain-general cognitive processes, especially those of neuromotor automation, chunking, categorization, ... More

The evolution of morphology  

Andrew Carstairs‐McCarthy

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
Grammaticalization theory has become an influential theory within historical linguistics. Grammaticalization is the process whereby open-class lexical items develop over time into ... More

Minimizing Language Evolution: The Minimalist Program and The Evolutionary Shaping of Language  

Víctor M. Longa, Guillermo Lorenzo, and Juan Uriagereka

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Mar 2011
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Sep 2012
This article sketches the sorts of issues that arise within evo-minimalism. Lewontin reminds us that the evolutionary study of cognition, and more particularly the language faculty, is no ... More

The origins of syntactic language  

Derek Bickerton

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
The basic processes of syntax are categorized into four main categories. These categories include a process for assembling words into hierarchical structures, processes for determining the ... More

What is syntax?  

Maggie Tallerman

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Nov 2011
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Sep 2012
This article discusses the kinds of universal syntactic capacities that prompt many linguists to postulate that syntax is a separate, biologically determined entity. Lexical items are ... More

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