LINGUIST List 15.3277

Mon Nov 22 2004

Disc: Re: 15.3231, Disc: Deep Structure/Initial PP

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        1.    Philip Carr, Re: 15.3231, Disc: Deep Structure/Initial PP



Message 1: Re: 15.3231, Disc: Deep Structure/Initial PP

Date: 22-Nov-2004
From: Philip Carr <philip.carruniv-montp3.fr>
Subject: Re: 15.3231, Disc: Deep Structure/Initial PP


Re: Linguist 15.3231 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3231.html)
 
 Other issues in this discussion:
 http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3263.html
 http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3272.html
 
 Even back in the days when Deep and Surface Structure were postulated,
 there was an explicit retreat, connected with the ill-fated Derivational
 Theory of Complexity, from assuming that postulated analyses were taken to
 be analyses of on-line mental operations. You can see that as early as
 Aspects of the Theory of Syntax (1965).
 
 Still, it's interesting to see how talk of operations or processes
 persists today, even if it's interpreted, somehow, in an instrumentalist
 way. If one adopts a computational theory of mind, how can one avoid
 postulating mental processes/operations?
 
 Phil Carr 
 
 
 
 
 Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories; Syntax
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