Clues from information theory indicating a phased emergence of grammar

Caroline Lyon, Chrystopher L. Nehaniv, Bob Dickerson

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    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.

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


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