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Socio-demographic influences on language structure and change: Not all learners are the same

  • Till Bergmann (a1), Rick Dale (a1) and Gary Lupyan (a2)

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The Now-or-Never bottleneck has important consequence for understanding why languages have the structures they do. However, not addressed by C&C is that the bottleneck may interact with who is doing the learning: While some languages are mostly learned by infants, others have a large share of adult learners. We argue that such socio-demographic differences extend and qualify C&C's thesis.

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Socio-demographic influences on language structure and change: Not all learners are the same

  • Till Bergmann (a1), Rick Dale (a1) and Gary Lupyan (a2)

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