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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034890

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.001.0001

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The Inverse Thunderstorm

The Inverse Thunderstorm

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Impossible Languages

Andrea Moro

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Since language structure is obviously not specifically designed to facilitate communication the question of the origin of the restriction on possible languages emerges. This constitutes a major problem for we may not be able to reconstruct the selective pressure which generated them. Historical parallels are investigated where brain activity was thought to be

Keywords:   Evolution, QWERTY-effect, Exaptation, Kataptation, Mendelian distribution, Genetics, Possible organism

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