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Impossible languages

Author: Andrea Moro
Publisher: Cambridge, Massachusetts : The MIT Press, 2017.
Edition/Format:   eBook : Document : EnglishView all editions and formats
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Understanding the nature and the structure of human language coincides with capturing the constraints which make a conceivable language possible or, equivalently, with discovering whether there can be any impossible languages at all. This work explores these related issues, paralleling the effort of a biologist who attempts at describing the class of impossible animals.
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Genre/Form: Electronic books
Additional Physical Format: Print version :
Material Type: Document, Internet resource
Document Type: Internet Resource, Computer File
All Authors / Contributors: Andrea Moro
ISBN: 9780262335621 026233562X 9780262335607 0262335603
OCLC Number: 992544541
Notes: Previously issued in print: 2016.
Awards: Winner of Honorable Mention, 2017 PROSE Awards, Language and Linguistics 2017
Target Audience: Specialized.
Description: 1 online resource : illustrations (black and white)
Contents: Learning from the impossible --
Capturing the stem mindâ --
Sentences as snowflakes --
The unreasonable sieve --
The boundaries of Babel --
Intermezzo or what exists when a tree exists? --
Toward the source of order --
The sound of thought --
The inverse thunderstorm --
Better than possible: designed languages --
A closer look at the turtle eyes.
Responsibility: Andrea Moro.

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An investigation into the possibility of impossible languages, searching for the indelible "fingerprint" of human language.  Read more...

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