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Language as shaped by the brain.
This work concludes that a biologically determined UG is not evolutionarily viable, and suggests that apparently arbitrary aspects of linguistic structure may result from general learning and processing biases deriving from the structure of thought processes, perceptuo-motor factors, cognitive limitations, and pragmatics.
Language Is a Complex Adaptive System: Position Paper
Language has a fundamentally social function. Processes of human interaction along with domain-general cognitive processes shape the structure and knowledge of language. Recent research in the…
Reassessing Working Memory: Comment on Just and Carpenter (1992) and Waters and Caplan (1996)
M. A. Just and P. A. Carpenter’s (1992) capacity theory of comprehension posits a linguistic working memory functionally separated from the representation of linguistic knowledge. G. S. Waters and D.…
Toward a connectionist model of recursion in human linguistic performance
of Experimental Psychology : Learning , Memory , and Cognition
Arbitrariness, Iconicity, and Systematicity in Language
Modality-constrained statistical learning of tactile, visual, and auditory sequences.
- Christopher M. Conway, Morten H. Christiansen
- PsychologyJournal of experimental psychology. Learning…
The authors found that the auditory modality displayed a quantitative learning advantage compared with vision and touch, and discovered qualitative learning biases among the senses: Primarily, audition afforded better learning for the final part of input sequences.
Processing of relative clauses is made easier by frequency of occurrence
The Now-or-Never bottleneck: A fundamental constraint on language
It is argued that, to deal with this “Now-or-Never” bottleneck, the brain must compress and recode linguistic input as rapidly as possible, which implies that language acquisition is learning to process, rather than inducing, a grammar.