MIT Claims to Have Found a “Language Universal” That Ties All Languages Together
Posted: 07 August 2015 06:50 AM   [ Ignore ]
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Just offering this up for discussion.

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Posted: 07 August 2015 07:35 AM   [ Ignore ]   [ # 1 ]
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At first glance this strikes me as more evidence for something we’ve known for quite a while. It’s related to chunking, the grouping of objects so that more can be kept in working memory. (Remembering the sequence phdfbinasamooc is difficult, but remembering phd fbi nasa mooc is not.) It also relates to the old misplaced modifier rule in writing good sentences—keep the modifiers close to the noun they modify. It’s interesting, but not earth shattering.

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