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The consequences of Zipf's law for syntax and symbolic reference.

Abstract:

Although many species possess rudimentary communication systems, humans seem to be unique with regard to making use of syntax and symbolic reference. Recent approaches to the evolution of language formalize why syntax is selectively advantageous compared with isolated signal communication systems, but do not explain how signals naturally combine. Even more recent work has shown that if a communication system maximizes communicative efficiency while minimizing the cost of communication, or if ...

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10.1098/rspb.2004.2957

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Journal:
Proceedings. Biological sciences / The Royal Society
Volume:
272
Issue:
1562
Pages:
561-565
Publication date:
2005-03-05
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EISSN:
1471-2954
ISSN:
0962-8452
URN:
uuid:3818b3d7-6d6b-48ca-98ed-4b9088a66bab
Source identifiers:
10984
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pubs:10984

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