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Creating LanguageIntegrating Evolution, Acquisition, and Processing$
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Morten H. Christiansen and Nick Chater

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034319

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034319.001.0001

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Language Created across Multiple Timescales

Language Created across Multiple Timescales

Chapter:
(p.3) 1 Language Created across Multiple Timescales
Source:
Creating Language
Author(s):

Morten H. Christiansen

Nick Chater

Publisher:
The MIT Press
DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034319.003.0001

The apparently unified picture of language and language processing from classical cognitive science does not provide a compelling picture: the relationship between processing and acquisition is tenuous; language evolution seems miraculous. The standard defense of the classical picture against concerns of this kind is that it is “the only game in town”; there is simply no alternative framework for understanding language. But recent developments in language research mean that this defense is no longer valid. There have been important developments in a range of fields, including statistical natural language processing, corpus-based linguistics, learnability theory, functional linguistics, computational modeling, psycholinguistic experiments with children and adults, and developments in the theory of language evolution. This book provides what has been missing: a comprehensive new framework for bringing these diverse lines of evidence together to understand how language is created across multiple timescales. Chapter 1 introduces the core elements of this innovative synthesis of research on language evolution, acquisition and processing, and provides an overview of the main arguments of the book.

Keywords:   Multiple timescales, Language evolution, Language acquisition, Language processing, Cognitive science

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