Evolving the Narrow Language Faculty: Was Recursion the Pivotal Step?

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A recent proposal (Hauser, Chomsky & Fitch, 2002) suggests that the crucial defining property of human language is recursion. In this paper, following a critical analysis of what is meant by the term, I examine three reasons why the recursion-only hypothesis a cannot be correct: (i) recursion is neither unique to language in humans, nor unique to our… (More)

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@inproceedings{Parker2006EvolvingTN, title={Evolving the Narrow Language Faculty: Was Recursion the Pivotal Step?}, author={Anna R. Parker}, year={2006} }