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Title: Re: Deep Structure/Initial PP
Submitter: Philip Carr
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 15.3309 (http://linguistlist.org/issues/15/15-3309.html)



Ahmad Lofti's points (Linguist 15.3303) are interesting. We see here an
attempt to sustain a process-based interpretation of 'psychological
realism', but defined in terms of parallelism, rather than sequential
mental operations.

But it's still a process-based approach, and I find it hard to see how
that can fit with the idea that one is attempting to characterise
(Chomskyan) mental *states* ('knowledge'), as opposed to *processes* ('use
of knowledge').

One might think that declarative frameworks would be better suited to
characterising static mental states, rather than mental activities, but
even with declarative approaches, one sees appeal (implicit or otherwise)
to the idea of processes (such as structure-building).

Philip Carr
Date Posted: 27-Nov-2004
Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Syntax
LL Issue: 15.3318
Posted: 27-Nov-2004

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