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Impossible Languages

Andrea Moro

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034890
eISBN:
9780262335621
Item type:
book
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

Understanding the nature and the structure of human language coincides with capturing the constraints which make a conceivable language possible or, equivalently, with discovering whether there can ... More


The Philosophy of Universal Grammar

Wolfram Hinzen and Michelle Sheehan

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199654833
eISBN:
9780191747977
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199654833.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Theoretical Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

What is grammar? Why is it there? What difference, if any, does it make to the organization of meaning? This book seeks to give principled answers to these questions. Since grammar is universal in ... More


The Boundaries of Babel

Andrea Moro

in Impossible Languages

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
May 2017
ISBN:
9780262034890
eISBN:
9780262335621
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:
10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

One of the major discoveries of modern linguistics is that languages do not vary arbitrarily: for example, all syntactic rules must be based on hierarchical structure generated by recursive procedure ... More


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