Linguistics, cognitive psychology, and the Now-or-Never bottleneck

Ansgar D. Endress, Roni Katzir

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Abstract

Christiansen & Chater (C&C)'s key premise is that "if linguistic information is not processed rapidly, that information is lost for good" (sect. 1, para. 1). From this "Now-or-Never bottleneck" (NNB), C&C derive "wide-reaching and fundamental implications for language processing, acquisition and change as well as for the structure of language itself" (sect. 2, para. 10). We question both the premise and the consequentiality of its purported implications.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)e71
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Volume39
DOIs
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2016

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