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Barrett, Martyn D. 1982. The holophrastic hypothesis: Conceptual and empirical issues. Cognition 11 : 47–76.
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A critical examination of arguments proposed in favor of either a structural view of children's single-word utterances (i.e. the utterances are seen as implicit expressions of syntactic or semantic structural relations), or a functional view of them (i.e. the utterances are seen as a single lexical item used for a particular communicative function). On the basis of empirical evidence it is concluded that only the functional view is tenable.