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Language, chaos and entropy: a physical take on biolinguistics

Krivochen, D. G. (2014) Language, chaos and entropy: a physical take on biolinguistics. Iberia - International Journal of Theoretical Linguistics, 6. pp. 27-74. ISSN 1989-8525

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In this paper we will try to provide arguments for the thesis that language is a physical system aiming at justificative adequacy: what architectural properties license the occurrence of certain emergent phenomena. We will claim that the derivational dynamics that can be found in language (and other systems of the mind) should be analyzed from the perspective of complex non-linear systems, as an open dynamic system. We will propose an oscillatory engine for linguistic computations, which yields cycles as a natural emergent property given mutually incompatible tendencies between output conditions: global semantic effects and local linearization requirements. This architecture, in which structure building is conditioned by irreconciliable conditions, con�figures a kind of dynamical system well known in physics: a dynamical frustration. We will attempt to show that interesting effects arise when we consider that there is a dynamical frustration at the core of cognitive dynamics.

Item Type:Article
Divisions:Interdisciplinary Research Centres (IDRCs) > Centre for Integrative Neuroscience and Neurodynamics (CINN)
ID Code:77300
Publisher:Universidad de Sevilla, Facultad de Filologia


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