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Overcoming linguistic taboos: Lessons from Australia

Grammar is sometimes shaped by restrictions on language use. This is the key finding of a new study to be published in the December issue of the scholarly journal Language, demonstrating how taboos can bring on changes to language structures. The paper, «Preference organization driving structuration: Evidence from Australian Aboriginal Interaction for pragmatically motivated grammaticalization» is authored by Joe Blythe of the University of Melbourne, Australia, and the Max Planck Institute for …

Fuente : http://www.eurekalert.org/pub_releases/2013-12/lso…

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