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Signs and structures in language

McLaren, John (1995) Signs and structures in language. UNSPECIFIED. (Unpublished)

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Contains a discussion about the origins of language. The author maintains that none of the theories can account for the complexity of language, the fact that it consists not just of words but also of syntax. This combination gives language its power, generating a human creativity such that every sentence we utter is likely to be unique - a statement that has never been made before. The origins of language are so far distant in time, as distant as the origin of the species, that linguists today are reluctant to speculate about them. No theory can be proved or disapproved, but some account better than others for the observable facts about language.

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Original paper is of poor quality.

Uncontrolled Keywords: Syntax, language, linguistics, artificial intelligence, semiology, semiotics, cultural context, MCLAREN-BOXB7-DOC9
Subjects: FOR Classification > 2004 Linguistics
Collections > McLaren Papers
Depositing User: VU Library
Date Deposited: 06 Nov 2011 21:37
Last Modified: 24 May 2013 04:12
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