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Creating Language: Integrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing

Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater

Abstract

Language is a hallmark of the human species; the flexibility and unbounded expressivity of our linguistic abilities is unique in the biological world. In this book, Morten Christiansen and Nick Chater argue that to understand this astonishing phenomenon, we must consider how language is created: moment by moment, in the generation and understanding of individual utterances; year by year, as new language learners acquire language skills; and generation by generation, as languages change, split, and fuse through processes of cultural evolution. Christiansen and Chater propose a revolutionary new ... More

Keywords: Language Evolution, Language Acquisition, Language Processing, Cultural Evolution, Usage-Based Approach, Multiple timescales, Language sciences

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034319
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034319.001.0001

Authors

Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Morten H. Christiansen, author

Nick Chater, author

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