University of Hertfordshire

Clues from information theory indicating a phased emergence of grammar

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Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEmergence of Communication and Language
PublisherSpringer London
Number of pages15
ISBN (Print)1846284910, 9781846284915
Publication statusPublished - 1 Dec 2007


In this chapter we present evidence that there is an underlying local sequential structure in present day language, and suggest that the components of such a structure could have been the basis of a more highly evolved hierarchical grammar. The primary local sequential structure is shown to have its own benefits, which indicate that there could be an intermediate stage in the evolution of grammar, before the advantages of a fully developed syntax were realised.

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