[EDLING:1016] RE: Origin of language

Kent Hill 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?

Dear Gerald

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.

Best wishes,

Kent Hill

More information about the Edling mailing list