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Title: Re: Deep Structure/Initial PP
Submitter: Peter T. Daniels
Description: For previous messages in this discussion, see
Linguist 15.3231 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3231.html)
Linguist 15.3262 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3262.html)
Linguist 15.3263 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3263.html)
Linguist 15.3272 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3272.html)
Linguist 15.3277 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3277.html)
Linguist 15.3303 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3303.html)

LINGUIST List wrote:

  On 21-Nov-2004 Pius ten Hacken < P.Ten-Hacken@swansea.ac.uk   wrote:

 Two obvious remarks any Chomskyan linguist would make in this respect are:

 1. Phrase structure rules and transformations are meant to describe the
 grammatical competence of a speaker, not the processes of production or
 interpretation of linguistic performance.

 What is less obvious, however, is whether (Dan Slobin's) psycholinguistic
 experimentations with such rules, which established the (true?) belief
 that these rules are at best those of linguistic competence rather than
 those of real-time speakers' performance/mental processes are still valid
 given the superiority of parallel processing models to serial ones for a
 good number of mental activities including visual ones, and most probably
 also for those of mental grammar:

But see Jackendoff's recent Foundations of Language for reasons why
parallel processing isn't a good model for language.

Peter T. Daniels grammatim@att.net
Date Posted: 26-Nov-2004
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
LL Issue: 15.3309
Posted: 26-Nov-2004

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