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Listen to Professor David Adger in a new podcast interview on his book 'A syntax of substance'

Listen to Professor David Adger on a podcast interview on his MIT Press book 'A Syntax of Substance' in the New Books on Language series.

30 April 2014

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Listen here to Professor David Adger on a podcast interview on his MIT Press book 'A Syntax of Substance' in the New Books on Language series.

In this interview 'we talk about the differences between nouns and verbs, and the evidence for this difference from a variety of languages, in particular Scottish Gaelic. After outlining the theoretical machinery that David deploys in order to account for these facts, we then move on to discuss the status of hierarchies of functional categories and the implications of this new syntactic system for cross-linguistic variation, grammaticalization, and the evolution of language.'