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The Argument from the Poverty of the Stimulus  

Howard Lasnik and Jeffrey L. Lidz

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Dec 2016
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Feb 2017
This article explores what Noam Chomsky called ‘the argument from poverty of the stimulus’: the argument that our experience far underdetermines our knowledge and hence that our biological ... More

Brain Basis of Meaning, Words, Constructions, and Grammar  

Friedemann Pulvermüller, Bert Cappelle, and Yury Shtyrov

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Apr 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter examines the neurophysiological plausibility of some of the claims of Construction Grammar with regard to syntactic structures. It suggests that evidence from neuroscience has highly ... More

Case in Aphasia  

Monique Lamers and Esther Ruigendijk

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Nov 2008
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Sep 2012
Case provides the language user with a rich source of information for conveying meaningful messages in natural language use. Psycholinguistic research has shown that in the intact human ... More

The Concept of Explanatory Adequacy  

Luigi Rizzi

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Dec 2016
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Feb 2017
This chapter illustrates the technical notion of ‘explanatory adequacy’ in the context of the other forms of empirical adequacy envisaged in the history of generative grammar: an analysis ... More

Constructions in the Parallel Architecture  

Ray Jackendoff

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Apr 2013
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Dec 2013
This chapter discusses what the Parallel Architecture has taken from Construction Grammar and what it might contribute to Construction Grammar. After outlining the fundamentals of the architecture, ... More

Evidentials, Information Sources, and Cognition  

Ercenür Ünal

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Jan 2018
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Mar 2018
This chapter investigates how conceptual representations of sources of knowledge make contact with linguistic evidentiality. By drawing on empirical evidence from both adult and child ... More

Neuronal Assembly Models of Compositionality  

Alexander Maye and Andreas K. Engel

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Feb 2012
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Sep 2012
This article reviews theories explaining the formation of neuronal assemblies and the functions that assemblies can have, presents computational models of oscillatory neural networks, and ... More

Parameter Theory and Parametric Comparison  

Cristina Guardiano and Giuseppe Longobardi

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Dec 2016
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Feb 2017
The Parametric Comparison Method (PCM) is a comparative procedure designed to investigate phylogenetic relationships between languages. It is based on the assumption that (syntactic) ... More

Principles and Parameters of Universal Grammar  

C.-T. James Huang and Ian Roberts

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Dec 2016
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Feb 2017
The Principles-and-Parameters Theory marked an important milestone in formal linguistic theoryby offering a plausible solution to the logical problem of language acquisition, leading to a ... More

Third-Factor Explanations and Universal Grammar  

Terje Lohndal and Juan Uriagereka

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Dec 2016
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Feb 2017
This chapter discusses factors determining the structure of an I-language: genetic endowment, input/exposure to language, and principles not specific to language. The latter have become ... More

Words and Neuropsychological Disorders  

Dennis Tay

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Jun 2015
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Aug 2014
Neuropsychological disorders provide an important perspective to our understanding of the nature of words. This chapter discusses words as both targets of and signposts to pathology, in ... More

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