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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

Evolutionary Precursors of Negation in Non-Human Reasoning  

Manuel Bohn, Josep Call, and Christoph J. Völter

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Mar 2020
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May 2020
Logical reasoning has been argued to crucially depend on linguistic or symbolic representations. This suggests that animals are incapable of negation. Nevertheless, animals have been found ... 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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