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A Case Study in the Emergence of Recursive Phrase Structure

  • Emília Garcia-CasademontEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)

Abstract

Phrase structures combine words, phrases, and both, into phrases. Human languages exhibit phrase structure, though it is unclear why, and this issue can be approached from various directions. The aim of this study is to explore the origins of phrase structure from an evolutionary point of view [1–3, 6, 8, 11].

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Institut de Biologia Evolutiva (UPF-CSIC)DEXS, UPFBarcelonaSpain

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