Theoretical Issues

  • Nigel Duffield
Part of the Studies in Natural Language and Linguistic Theory book series (SNLT, volume 32)


It has long been recognized that human languages are qaulitatively distinct from other systems of communication.1 For Hermann Paul, one of the foremost linguists of the modern period, what set two apart was knowledge of syntax: It is doubtless of great importance that the number of traditional words and thereby the number of distinguished concepts possessed by humans vastly exceeds that of any other species, but the characteristic that truly distinguishes human languages from animal languages [..] lies in something quite different: it is the putting together of words into sentences that constitutes the real advance [emphasis mine: NGD], (Paul 1920:188).2


Functional Category Theoretical Issue Functional Head Functional Projection Universal Grammar 
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© Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • Nigel Duffield
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsMcGill UniversityCanada

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