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      Reflections on Syntax : Lectures in General Linguistics, Syntax, and Child Language Acquisition 

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      Peter Lang

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          I can’t think of any other sort of software (the ‘computer-program’ analogy for the computational design of the human mind) which would require its hardware (the human brain) to establish a meaningful algorithm which makes use of movement at a distance, thus preferring abstract structural closeness over physical adjacent closeness—whereby an essential aspect of the operating system relies on rules of structure dependency. This preference widely differs with what we find amongst formal, non-human language designs. Hence, such a selective choice being ‘biology-driven’ must somehow be recognized as ‘biologically optimal in design’ in order to satisfy displacement properties exclusively found in natural language. This monograph is essentially about such an operating system of language design.

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