27.4968, Books: The Price of Linguistic Productivity: Yang

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Date: Tue, 06 Dec 2016 12:14:56
From: David Weininger [dgw at mit.edu]
Subject: The Price of Linguistic Productivity: Yang

 


Title: The Price of Linguistic Productivity 
Subtitle: How Children Learn to Break the Rules of Language 
Publication Year: 2016 
Publisher: MIT Press
	   http://mitpress.mit.edu/
	

Book URL: https://mitpress.mit.edu/books/price-linguistic-productivity 


Author: Charles Yang

Electronic: ISBN:  9780262336369 Pages: 280 Price: U.S. $ 32
Hardback: ISBN:  9780262035323 Pages: 280 Price: U.S. $ 45


Abstract:

All languages have exceptions alongside overarching rules and regularities.
How does a young child tease them apart within just a few years of language
acquisition? In this book, drawing an economic analogy, Charles Yang argues
that just as the price of goods is determined by the balance between supply
and demand, the price of linguistic productivity arises from the quantitative
considerations of rules and exceptions. The learner postulates a productive
rule only if it results in a more efficient organization of language, with the
number of exceptions falling below a critical threshold. 

Supported by a wide range of cases with corpus evidence, Yang’s Tolerance
Principle gives a unified account of many long-standing puzzles in linguistics
and psychology, including why children effortlessly acquire rules of language
that perplex otherwise capable adults. His focus on computational efficiency
provides novel insight on how language interacts with the other components of
cognition and how the ability for language might have emerged during the
course of human evolution.
 



Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition


Written In: English  (eng)

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