Experimental linguistics

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Trends in Cognitive Sciences : Language evolution in the laboratory. The historical origins of natural language cannot be observed directly.

Trends in Cognitive Sciences : Language evolution in the laboratory

We can, however, study systems that support language and we can also develop models that explore the plausibility of different hypotheses about how language emerged. More recently, evolutionary linguists have begun to conduct language evolution experiments in the laboratory, where the emergence of new languages used by human participants can be observed directly.