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Impossible Languages

Andrea Moro


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 be any impossible languages at all. This book explores these related issues, paralleling the effort of a biologist who attempts at describing the class of impossible animals. In biology, one can appeal for example to physical laws of nature (such as entropy or gravity) but when it comes to language the path becomes intricate and difficult for the physical laws cannot be exploited. In linguistics, in ... More

Keywords: Human Language, Brain, Neurolinguistics, Syntax, Linguistics, Philosophy of language, Cognitive Science, Biolinguistics, Evolution

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034890
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: May 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034890.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Andrea Moro, author
Institute for Advanced Study IUSS Pavia