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|Peer Review Status: ||Refereed|
|Title: ||Protolanguage reconstructed|
|Author(s): ||Smith, Andrew D M|
|Contact Email: ||email@example.com|
|Issue Date: ||2008|
|Publisher: ||John Benjamins Publishing|
|Citation: ||Smith ADM (2008) Protolanguage reconstructed, Interaction Studies, 9 (1), pp.
|Abstract: ||One important difference between existing accounts of protolanguage lies in
their assumptions on the semantic complexity of protolinguistic utterances. I
bring evidence about the nature of linguistic communication to bear on the
plausibility of these assumptions, and show that communication is fundamentally
inferential and characterised by semantic uncertainty. This not only allows
individuals to maintain variation in linguistic representation, but also imposes
a selection pressure that meanings be reconstructible from context. I argue that
protolanguage utterances had varying degrees of semantic complexity, and
developed into complex language gradually, through the same processes of re-
analysis and analogy which still underpin continual change in modern languages.|
|Type: ||Journal Article|
|DOI Link: ||http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/is.9.1.08smi|
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|Affiliation: ||English Studies|
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