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 Post subject: The Unusual Language That Linguists Thought Couldn’t Exist
PostPosted: Tue Sep 23, 2014 1:12 pm 
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Came across this article about a mode of communication some linguists felt unique.

"ABSL provides fodder for researchers who reject the idea that there’s a genetic basis for the similarities found across languages. Instead, they argue, languages share certain properties because they all have to solve similar problems of communication under similar pressures, pressures that reflect the limits of human abilities to learn, remember, produce, and perceive information. The challenge, then, is to explain why ABSL is an outlier—if duality of patterning is the optimal solution to the problem of creating a large but manageable collection of words, why hasn’t ABSL made use of it?"

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