Compositionality , Hierarchy and Recursion in Language

  title={Compositionality , Hierarchy and Recursion in Language},
  author={Joachim De Beule},
In this thesis it is argued that a number of universal features of human languages can be explained as being emergent properties of the complex dynamics governing the establishment and evolution of a language in a population of interlocutors on an inter-generational time scale, rather than being the result of a genetic selection process leading to a specialized language faculty that imposes those features upon language or than being a cross-generational cultural phenomenon. In particular, I… CONTINUE READING


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