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New PDF release: A Theory of Syntax: Minimal Operations and Universal Grammar

By Norbert Hornstein

ISBN-10: 0521449707

ISBN-13: 9780521449700

ISBN-10: 0521728819

ISBN-13: 9780521728812

Human language turns out to have arisen approximately in the final 50-100,000 years. In evolutionary phrases, this is often the mere blink of a watch. If this can be right, then a lot of what we think about targeted to language needs to actually contain operations on hand in pre-linguistic cognitive domain names. during this booklet Norbert Hornstein, the most influential linguists engaged on syntax, discusses a topical set of matters in syntactic conception, together with a couple of unique proposals on the leading edge of analysis during this region. He offers a concept of the elemental grammatical operations and means that there's just one that's designated to language. If this idea is true then this narrows the evolutionary hole among verbal and non-verbal primates, hence facilitating the quick evolutionary emergence of our linguistic capacity.

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