Evolution of Syntax

B. Clark*, R. Jackendoff

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Linguists have become much more interested in language evolution in general, and in the evolution of syntax in particular, in recent years. This essay begins by considering some general questions about the nature and evolution of language before considering questions about the evolution of syntax, and some of the kinds of answers that have been proposed. The two sets of questions are closely linked in ways that echo the connections between studies of language in general and studies of syntax in general.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationEncyclopedia of Language & Linguistics
Number of pages8
ISBN (Print)9780080448541
Publication statusPublished - 2006
Externally publishedYes

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