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  1. Commentary/Evans & Levinson: The Myth of Language Universals.Derek C. Penn, Keith J. Holyoak & Daniel J. Povinellia - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (5).
  • Unveiling Phonological Universals: A Linguist Who Asks “Why” is an Experimental Psychologist.Iris Berent - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (5):450.
  • With Diversity in Mind: Freeing the Language Sciences From Universal Grammar.Nicholas Evans & Stephen C. Levinson - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (5):472-492.
    Our response takes advantage of the wide-ranging commentary to clarify some aspects of our original proposal and augment others. We argue against the generative critics of our coevolutionary program for the language sciences, defend the use of close-to-surface models as minimizing cross-linguistic data distortion, and stress the growing role of stochastic simulations in making generalized historical accounts testable. These methods lead the search for general principles away from idealized representations and towards selective processes. Putting cultural evolution central in understanding language (...)
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  • The Myth of Language Universals: Language Diversity and its Importance for Cognitive Science.Nicholas Evans & Stephen C. Levinson - 2009 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 32 (5):429-448.
    Talk of linguistic universals has given cognitive scientists the impression that languages are all built to a common pattern. In fact, there are vanishingly few universals of language in the direct sense that all languages exhibit them. Instead, diversity can be found at almost every level of linguistic organization. This fundamentally changes the object of enquiry from a cognitive science perspective. This target article summarizes decades of cross-linguistic work by typologists and descriptive linguists, showing just how few and unprofound the (...)
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  • Do We Have Innate Knowledge About Phonological Markedness? Comments on Berent, Steriade, Lennertz, and Vaknin☆☆☆.S. Peperkamp - 2007 - Cognition 104 (3):631-637.
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  • Phonological Constraints on Children's Use of the Plural.Marc Ettlinger & Jennifer A. Zapf - 2008 - In B. C. Love, K. McRae & V. M. Sloutsky (eds.), Proceedings of the 30th Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society. Cognitive Science Society. pp. 41--45.
  • What We Know About What We Have Never Heard Before: Beyond Phonetics☆Reply to Peperkamp.I. Berent & T. LennerTz - 2007 - Cognition 104 (3):638-643.
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  • Production Constraints on Learning Novel Onset Phonotactics.Melissa A. Redford - 2008 - Cognition 107 (3):785-816.
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  • The Phonological Mind.Iris Berent - 2013 - Trends in Cognitive Sciences 17 (7):319-327.
  • The Effect of Sonority on Word Segmentation: Evidence for the Use of a Phonological Universal.Marc Ettlinger, Amy S. Finn & Carla L. Hudson Kam - 2012 - Cognitive Science 36 (4):655-673.
    It has been well documented how language-specific cues may be used for word segmentation. Here, we investigate what role a language-independent phonological universal, the sonority sequencing principle (SSP), may also play. Participants were presented with an unsegmented speech stream with non-English word onsets that juxtaposed adherence to the SSP with transitional probabilities. Participants favored using the SSP in assessing word-hood, suggesting that the SSP represents a potentially powerful cue for word segmentation. To ensure the SSP influenced the segmentation process (i.e., (...)
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  • The Effect of Sonority on Word Segmentation: Evidence for the Use of a Phonological Universal.Marc Ettlinger, Amy S. Finn & Carla L. Hudson Kam - 2012 - Cognitive Science 36 (4):655-673.
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