The Now-or-Never bottleneck: A fundamental constraint on language

@article{Christiansen2015TheNB,
  title={The Now-or-Never bottleneck: A fundamental constraint on language},
  author={Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater},
  journal={Behavioral and Brain Sciences},
  year={2015},
  volume={39}
}
Abstract Memory is fleeting. New material rapidly obliterates previous material. How, then, can the brain deal successfully with the continual deluge of linguistic input? We argue that, to deal with this “Now-or-Never” bottleneck, the brain must compress and recode linguistic input as rapidly as possible. This observation has strong implications for the nature of language processing: (1) the language system must “eagerly” recode and compress linguistic input; (2) as the bottleneck recurs at… 

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