Play as Precursor of Phonology and Syntax

@inproceedings{Knight2000PlayAP,
  title={Play as Precursor of Phonology and Syntax},
  author={Chris Knight},
  year={2000}
}
The theme of language as play suggests inquiries into non-cognitive uses of language such as that found in riddles, jingles, or tongue twisters — and beyond this into the poetic and ritual function of language, as well as into parallels between language and ritual, language and music, and language and dance. It also provides an explanation for the obvious fact that so much in language is non-optimal for purposes of communicating cognitive information. Morris Halle (1975: 528) Primate… 

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