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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 Form of Grammar

The Form of Grammar

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The Boundaries of Babel

Andrea Moro

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This chapter first deals with the reasons for the existence of any constraints on the syntax of human languages. It then focuses on why syntax has these specific constraints—a conceptually different issue. In order to address this issue in concrete terms, the chapter briefly illustrates a still-debated theoretical model on the linear nature of the human linguistic code and on its impact on syntax.

Keywords:   human languages, syntax, linguistic code

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