project . 2021 - 2026 . On going

LeibnizDream

Realizing Leibniz’s Dream: Child Languages as a Mirror of the Mind
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  • Funder: European CommissionProject code: 856421 Call for proposal: ERC-2019-SyG
  • Funded under: H2020 | ERC | ERC-SyG Overall Budget: 10,237,800 EURFunder Contribution: 10,237,800 EUR
  • Status: On going
  • Start Date
    01 Jan 2021
    End Date
    31 Dec 2026
  • Detailed project information (CORDIS)
Description
Children around the globe acquire language and with it the human ability to communicate complex thoughts. This project develops a new linguistic theory to explain language and its acquisition. Our central hypothesis is that language radically compresses thought structures to sound or sign. While current theories assume a parallel between thought and language or meaning-preserving transformations, we assume that thought is mapped to language by only realizing some pieces of conceptual representations.  Adult language is hyper-efficient at compressing information. For this reason, Leibniz and many others over the last 300 years have been unable to agree on the pri...
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Description
Children around the globe acquire language and with it the human ability to communicate complex thoughts. This project develops a new linguistic theory to explain language and its acquisition. Our central hypothesis is that language radically compresses thought structures to sound or sign. While current theories assume a parallel between thought and language or meaning-preserving transformations, we assume that thought is mapped to language by only realizing some pieces of conceptual representations.  Adult language is hyper-efficient at compressing information. For this reason, Leibniz and many others over the last 300 years have been unable to agree on the pri...
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