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The Boundaries of BabelThe Brain and the Enigma of Impossible Languages$
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Andrea Moro

Print publication date: 2008

Print ISBN-13: 9780262134989

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262134989.001.0001

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The Boundaries of Babel

Andrea Moro

The MIT Press

This chapter starts by addressing methodological issues as applied to linguistics, which include simplicity, errors, and formalism. It then introduces some fundamental aspects of human languages. The chapter concludes with a naturalistic example that linguists mention to show how biologically determined language acquisition models are present in nature in species other than humans.

Keywords:   linguistics, simplicity, errors, formalism, human language, language acquisition models

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