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Language as shaped by the brain; the brain as shaped by development

  • Joseph C. Toscano (a1), Lynn K. Perry (a1), Kathryn L. Mueller (a2), Allison F. Bean (a2), Marcus E. Galle (a1) and Larissa K. Samuelson (a3)...

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Though we agree with their argument that language is shaped by domain-general learning processes, Christiansen & Chater (C&C) neglect to detail how the development of these processes shapes language change. We discuss a number of examples that show how developmental processes at multiple levels and timescales are critical to understanding the origin of domain-general mechanisms that shape language evolution.

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Language as shaped by the brain; the brain as shaped by development

  • Joseph C. Toscano (a1), Lynn K. Perry (a1), Kathryn L. Mueller (a2), Allison F. Bean (a2), Marcus E. Galle (a1) and Larissa K. Samuelson (a3)...

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