Fri Apr 25 20:21:10 UTC 1997

>>From T.Givon
>in language -- phonology and grammar -- exhibit enough unique characteristics
>to suggest that at least the mode of processing (if not the location) is
>rather unique and domain specific.
> Since the evolution of phonology and grammar are, most likely,
>the latest evolutionary additions to the array of capacities that combine in
>supporting human communication, finding them organized in such an "early"
>fashion should not be all that surprising.

This is very interesting...I can see how you might believe "phonology" to
be unique if you only look at us and other primates...and I can imagine
that the way humans arrive at things like syllabic templates is
accomplished in humans  by a human mechanism...but I think that something
like a syllabic template appears in other critters...songbirds at least but
there are some even more striking examples if you look at creatures with
flexible sound systems that learn to some parrots.
I look forward to more comments, Dianne Patterson.

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