Comic 3 - The Emergence of Compositional Language

20th Mar 2014, 12:26 AM
The Emergence of Compositional Language
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remivt 20th Mar 2014, 12:26 AM edit delete
Some evolutionary linguists claim that human languages started out as "holistic" languages (where speakers use a different word for every new meaning), and only became "compositional" later (where speakers combine words and a grammar for building sentences). Leaving my opinion on the matter aside, this cartoon sketches what could happen if some speakers would evolve a compositional language before others...

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