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By Anne Reboul

ISBN-10: 0191809721

ISBN-13: 9780191809729

ISBN-10: 0198747314

ISBN-13: 9780198747314

This publication proposes a brand new two-step method of the evolution of language, wherein syntax first developed as an auto-organizational method for the human conceptual equipment (as a Language of Thought), and this Language of notion was once then externalized for verbal exchange, because of social choice pressures. Anne Reboul first argues that regardless of the regimen use of language in communique, present use isn't really a failsafe Read more...


This booklet indicates that language, even though now frequently used for conversation, really basically developed as a process for inspiration. Anne Reboul proposes a brand new two-step method wherein syntax first Read more...

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I will concentrate right now on semanticity, decoupling, and discrete infinity, which seem to constitute a core combination of features. This core combination of features is unique to language, and—or so I will argue—central to any account of language evolution. In other words, it is the basic data that have to be accounted for, thus determining observational adequacy for any theory of language evolution. Let me expand on that. The core combination of semanticity–discrete infinity– decoupling means that language is unlimited not only in the number of different sentences it can produce (through discrete infinity); additionally, these sentences have different contents (through semanticity); and these contents are largely independent of the situation the speaker finds herself in (through decoupling).

C. S intends that i- will be recognized in virtue of (by means of) H's knowledge of (certain of) the rules governing (the elements of) T. Conditions B and C correspond to the secondary intention in Grice’s definition. However, condition C adds a strongly conventionalist twist to Grice’s secondary intention. Grice, who had been at pain to dissociate meaningNN from conventional meaning, understandably rejected Searle’s revision, leading to a view according to which convention is not the only factor, and maybe is not even the central factor, in human linguistic communication.

What, if anything, can we make of them? . A CORE COMBINATION OF FEATURES Of these five features, I would first like to say a few words on duality of patterning: as already mentioned, it yields productivity and entails discreteness. More precisely, discreteness is a necessary condition for patterning, and hence for duality of patterning, and productivity is the result of duality of patterning. Duality of patterning is rather scarce among animal communication systems, being found only in human language and in oscine bird songs.

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