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The explanatory advantages of the holistic protolanguage model: the case of linguistic irregularity. Commentary on Arbib

Wray, Alison 2005. The explanatory advantages of the holistic protolanguage model: the case of linguistic irregularity. Commentary on Arbib. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 28 (2) , pp. 147-148. 10.1017/S0140525X05450037

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Abstract

Our tolerance for, and promotion of, linguistic irregularity is a key arbitrator between Arbib's proposal that holistic protolanguage preceded culturally imposed compositionality, and the standard view that discrete units with word-like properties came first. The former, coupled with needs-only analysis, neatly accounts for the second-order linguistic complexity that is rationalised as fuzzy grammaticality, subclass exception, and full irregularity.

Item Type: Article
Date Type: Publication
Status: Published
Schools: English, Communication and Philosophy
Subjects: P Language and Literature > P Philology. Linguistics
Publisher: Cambridge University Press
ISSN: 0140-525X
Last Modified: 04 Jun 2017 08:34
URI: http://orca.cf.ac.uk/id/eprint/80384

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