Holophrastic protolanguage

Planning, processing, storage, and retrieval

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Abstract:

This paper challenges recent assumptions that holophrastic utterances could be planned, processed, stored and retrieved from storage, focussing on three specific issues: (i) Problems in conceptual planning of multi-proposition utterances of the type proposed by Arbib (2005), Mithen (2005); (ii) The question of whether holophrastic protolanguage could have been processed by a special 'holistic' mode, the precursor to a projected 'idiom mode' in modern language; (iii) The implications for learning a holophrastic proto-lexicon in light of lexical constraints on word learning. Modern speakers only plan utterances in clause-sized units, and it is improbable that protolanguage speakers had more complex abilities. Moreover, the production and comprehension of idioms sheds no light on a putative 'holistic' mode of language processing, since idioms are not processed in this way. Finally, innate constraints on learning lexical items preclude the types of word meanings proposed by proponents of holophrastic protolanguage.

Keywords: CONCEPTUAL PLANNING; HOLOPHRASTIC PROTOLANGUAGE; LANGUAGE EVOLUTION; LEXICAL RETRIEVAL; PROTOLANGUAGE

Document Type: Research Article

DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1075/is.9.1.07tal

Publication date: April 1, 2008

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