Statistical evidence that a child can create a combinatorial linguistic system without external linguistic input: Implications for language evolution.

@article{GoldinMeadow2017StatisticalET,
  title={Statistical evidence that a child can create a combinatorial linguistic system without external linguistic input: Implications for language evolution.},
  author={Susan Goldin-Meadow and Charles Yang},
  journal={Neuroscience and biobehavioral reviews},
  year={2017},
  volume={81 Pt B},
  pages={
          150-157
        }
}
Can a child who is not exposed to a model for language nevertheless construct a communication system characterized by combinatorial structure? We know that deaf children whose hearing losses prevent them from acquiring spoken language, and whose hearing parents have not exposed them to sign language, use gestures, called homesigns, to communicate. In this… CONTINUE READING