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Title: A Prospect for Evolutionary Adequacy: Merge and the Evolution and Development of Human Language
Authors: Fujita, Koji  kyouindb  KAKEN_id
Author's alias: 藤田, 耕司
Keywords: action grammar
evolutionary adequacy
unbounded Merge
Issue Date: 2009
Publisher: Biolinguistics
Journal title: Biolinguistics
Volume: 3
Issue: 2
Start page: 128
End page: 153
Abstract: Biolinguistic minimalism seeks a deeper explanation of the design, development and evolution of human language by reducing its core domain to the bare minimum including the set-formation operation Merge. In an attempt to open an avenue of research that may lead to an evolutionarily adequate theory of language, this article makes the following proposals: (i) Merge is the elementary combinatorial device that requires no more decomposition; (ii) the precursor to Merge may be found in the uniquely human capacity for hierarchical object manipulation; (iii) the uniqueness of the human lexicon may also be captured in terms of Merge. Empirical validations of these proposals should constitute one major topic for the biolinguistic program.
Rights: c 2009 Koji Fujita
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