Grammatical pattern learning by human infants and cotton-top tamarin monkeys

@article{Saffran2008GrammaticalPL,
  title={Grammatical pattern learning by human infants and cotton-top tamarin monkeys},
  author={J. Saffran and M. Hauser and R. Seibel and Joshua Kapfhamer and Fritz Tsao and F. Cushman},
  journal={Cognition},
  year={2008},
  volume={107},
  pages={479-500}
}
There is a surprising degree of overlapping structure evident across the languages of the world. One factor leading to cross-linguistic similarities may be constraints on human learning abilities. Linguistic structures that are easier for infants to learn should predominate in human languages. If correct, then (a) human infants should more readily acquire structures that are consistent with the form of natural language, whereas (b) non-human primates' patterns of learning should be less tightly… Expand
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