Language Emergence, Evolution, and Acquisition

ID: 3593
Status: Ongoing
Start date: August 2018
End Date: January 2025


This is an ongoing project investigating the structures that emerge in newly-formed sign languages (e.g., Nicaraguan Sign Language) across dimensions such as phonology, morphology, syntax, and discourse. Factors including social network size (number and type of interlocutors) and the bi-directional influence of cognition and language are investigated as contributing (or not) to language emergence.

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