Ontogeny and phylogeny of language.

  title={Ontogeny and phylogeny of language.},
  author={Charles Yang},
  journal={Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences of the United States of America},
  volume={110 16},
How did language evolve? A popular approach points to the similarities between the ontogeny and phylogeny of language. Young children's language and nonhuman primates' signing both appear formulaic with limited syntactic combinations, thereby suggesting a degree of continuity in their cognitive abilities. To evaluate the validity of this approach, as well as to develop a quantitative benchmark to assess children's language development, I propose a formal analysis that characterizes the… CONTINUE READING
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