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date: 19 June 2019

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The Parallel Architecture shares classical generative grammar’s concern with the psychological and biological foundations of the language capacity. However, it argues for different formal machinery: multiple independent sources of combinatoriality–phonology, syntax, and semantics–connected by interface components. In particular, words are treated as part of the interface components, linking the independent structures. This view leads to an extension of the lexicon to include regular affixes, idioms, meaningful constructions, and even phrase structure rules. Unlike the classical theory, the Parallel Architecture includes a rich and explicit theory of meaning, Conceptual Semantics, which in turn permits a far leaner notion of syntactic structure, Simpler Syntax. The approach integrates aspects of many nonclassical generative theories, makes possible more perspicuous descriptions of many well-known linguistic phenomena, and provides a far closer linkage to psycholinguistics, neuroscience, and evolutionary psychology than has been heretofore possible.

Keywords: parallel Architecture, lexicon, conceptual semantics, Simpler Syntax, language evolution

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