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Title: Re: 15.3231, Disc: Deep Structure/Initial PP
Submitter: Philip Carr
Description: 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
Date Posted: 22-Nov-2004
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Syntax
LL Issue: 15.3277
Posted: 22-Nov-2004

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