English, Article edition: THE ONTOGENY OF SCALE-FREE SYNTAX NETWORKS: PHASE TRANSITIONS IN EARLY LANGUAGE ACQUISITION BERNAT COROMINAS-MURTRA; SERGI VALVERDE; RICARD SOLÃ

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  • THE ONTOGENY OF SCALE-FREE SYNTAX NETWORKS: PHASE TRANSITIONS IN EARLY LANGUAGE ACQUISITION
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  • BERNAT COROMINAS-MURTRA
  • SERGI VALVERDE
  • RICARD SOLÃ
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  • Language development in children provides a window to understand the transition from protolanguage to language. Here we present the first analysis of the emergence of syntax in terms of complex networks. A previously unreported, sharp transition is shown to occur around two years of age from a (pre-syntactic) tree-like structure to a scale-free, small world syntax network. The development of these networks thus reveals a nonlinear dynamical pattern where the global topology of syntax graphs shifts from a hierarchical, tree-like pattern, to a scale-free organization. Such change seems difficult to be explained under a self-organization framework. Instead, it actually supports the presence of some underlying innate component, as early suggested by some authors.
  • Language evolution, language acquisition, syntax, complex networks, small worlds
  • RePEc:wsi:acsxxx:v:12:y:2009:i:03:p:371-392
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  • English
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