A FUNCTIONALIST APPROACH TO GRAMMAR AND ITS EvoLUTION

@article{Bybee1998AFA,
  title={A FUNCTIONALIST APPROACH TO GRAMMAR AND ITS EvoLUTION},
  author={Joan L. Bybee},
  journal={Evolution of Communication},
  year={1998},
  volume={2},
  pages={249-278}
}
In considering the question of how the human capacity to learn and use grammar could have evolved, a great deal depends on the characterization of the nature of grammar. In recent years the debate has been dominated by those who believe that grammar consists of rigid, categorical rules and structures of such a remove from the spoken language that children could not learn them from the input available in the environment (Pinker and Bloom 1990; Chomsky 1975). Led by Chomsky, linguists at MIT, and… Expand
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