Juan C. Moreno Cabrera
A Crucial Step in the Evolution of Syntactic Complexity
Proceedings of the 7th International Conference on the Evolution of Language, pages 235-242, 2008
Abstract: In this paper I propose that the crucial step in the evolution of complex subordinate syntax out of simple paratactic expressions consists in the use of certain grammatical elements (notably, deictic pronouns) for referring to events and other abstract entities. I ...