In a recent article, Christiansen and Chater (2016) present a fundamental constraint on language, i.e. a now-or-never bottleneck that arises from our fleeting memory, and explore its implications, e.g., chunk-and-pass processing, outlining a framework that promises to unify different areas of research. Here we explore additional support for this constraint and suggest further connections from quantitative linguistics and information theory.
Ferrer-i-Cancho, R. A commentary on “The now-or-never bottleneck: a fundamental constraint on language”, by Christiansen and Chater (2016). "Glottometrics", 2 Juliol 2017, vol. 38, p. 107-111.