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Explores a brand new method of learning language as a fancy adaptive approach, illustrating its commonalities throughout many parts of language researchBrings jointly a crew of top researchers in linguistics, psychology, and complicated structures to debate the groundbreaking importance of this attitude for his or her workIllustrates its software throughout quite a few subfields, together with languages utilization, language evolution, language constitution, and primary and moment language acquisition"What a breath of unpolluted air! As fascinating a collection of papers as you will definitely locate at the evolution, learning, and use of language from the purpose of view of either cognitive underpinnings and communicative functions."  Michael Tomasello, Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology

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Human minds track multiple factors related to constituency, and this complex processing correlates with a rich and dynamic structural representation for word sequences. In our model, constituency is the result of interacting influences that are both local and global in nature. The global influences that help shape constituents correspond to general patterns in usage. On the other hand, constituency may also be shaped locally by itemspecific forces over time. If a sequence is consistently used in a particular context (with complex prepositions like in spite of as a case in point), that sequence will gradually form into a unit, overriding general patterns elsewhere in usage.

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