The evolution of combinatorial structure in language

@article{Zuidema2018TheEO,
  title={The evolution of combinatorial structure in language},
  author={W. Zuidema and B. Boer},
  journal={Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences},
  year={2018},
  volume={21},
  pages={138-144}
}
  • W. Zuidema, B. Boer
  • Published 2018
  • Computer Science
  • Current Opinion in Behavioral Sciences
  • Human language shows combinatoriality in its phonology (both in speech and in sign language) and its grammar, while both types appear to be absent in the communication systems of our closest evolutionary relatives. In this article, we observe that productive combinatoriality is difficult to evolve, because it requires multiple components to be put in place simultaneously for it to function. To understand how it nevertheless evolved in human language, we focus on combinatoriality in phonology… CONTINUE READING

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