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The evolution of linguistic rules

Spike, Matthew


Rule-like behaviour is found throughout human language, provoking a number of apparently conflicting explanations. This paper frames the topic in terms of Tinbergen's four questions and works within the context of rule-like behaviour seen both in nature and the non-linguistic domain in humans. I argue for a minimal account of linguistic rules which relies on powerful domain-general cognition, has a communicative function allowing for multiple engineering solutions, and evolves mainly...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2017
Type: Journal article
Source: Biology & Philosophy
DOI: 10.1007/s10539-018-9610-x


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