You drink. You drive. You go to jail. Where is recursion? ” (4.8MB .ppt file) This paper (final version in progress) was presented at the University of Massachusetts Conference on Recursion and will appear in the proceedings of that conference, edited by Profs. Margaret Speas and Thomas Roeper. In this paper I argue that recursion is not specific to language or grammar but is a generally useful cognitive tool. It is found in Pirahã discourse even though it is missing from its syntax.
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- A discussion of “Understanding Recursion and Looking for Self-Embedding in Pirahã”December 19, 2016 - 1:52 pm
A discussion of Understanding Recursion and Looking for Self-Embedding in Pirahã, by Raiane Oliveira Salles, Pontifícia Universidade Católica of Rio de Janeiro. http://www.maxwell.vrac.puc-rio.br/26480/26480.PDF In the decades since I began field research on the Pirahã language, in December of 1977, 39 years ago, no one else has done any descriptive linguistics field research on this language. Brazilian […]