[EDLING:1016] RE: Origin of language
kentokun at INTER.NET
Fri Sep 30 12:28:19 UTC 2005
That is the thesis of my book "The Child's Secret of Learning"
published last month. Do you know of any professional linguists who are
exploring similar avenues?
I would suggest Tomasello (2003) 'Constructing a Language: A Usage-Based
Theory of Language Acquisition'. He suggests that SVO (and language use)
stems from our unique capacity for joint attention on an object. This seems
to be related to your thesis.
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