Overview:Impossible Languages - The MIT Press - An investigation into the possibility of impossible languages, searching for the indelible "fingerprint" of human language.Can there be such a thing as an impossible human language? A biologist could describe an impossible animal as one that goes against the physical laws of nature (entropy, for example, or gravity). Are there any such laws that constrain languages? In this book, Andrea Moro-a distinguished linguist and neuroscientist-investigates the possibility of impossible languages, searching, as he does so, for the indelible "fingerprint" of human language.Moro shows how the very notion of impossible languages has helped shape research on the ultimate aim of linguistics: to define the class of possible human languages. He takes us beyond the boundaries of Babel, to the set of properties that, despite appearances, all languages share, and explores the sources of that order, drawing on scientific experiments he himself helped design. Moro compares syntax to the reverse side of a tapestry revealing a hidden and apparently intricate structure. He describes the brain as a sieve, considers the reality of (linguistic) trees, and listens for the sound of thought by recording electrical activity in the brain. Words and sentences, he tells us, are like symphonies and constellations: they have no content of their own; they exist because we listen to them and look at them. We are part of the data.

This book is on page /0fb06c92acf561788291222b8bb2eff7/book/1603777055-9780262034890. It was written by the following authors: Andrea Moro, Anne J. Kershen. Book Impossible Languages - The MIT Press, which can be read online, published by the company: Taylor & Francis Ltd, MIT Press Ltd. Other books on similar topics can be found in sections: Society, Education, Science, Medicine, Reference, Technology, Politics, Language. The book was published on 2016-09-02 00:00:00. It has 160 pages and is published in Hardback format and weight 272 g. File for download Impossible Languages - The MIT Press has PDF format and is called impossible-languages-the-mit-press.pdf. Other books you can download below. Our poumm.fr site is not responsible for the content of PDF files.

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