Prediction is no panacea: The key to language is in the unexpected

Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (4):372-373 (2013)
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For action systems, the critical task is to predict what will happen next. In language, however, the critical task is not to predict the next auditory event but to extract meaning. Reducing language to an action system, and putting prediction at center, mistakenly marginalizes our core capacity to communicate the novel and unpredictable



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