Implications for Processing

Ray Jackendoff

in Foundations of Language

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780198270126
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713255 | DOI:
 Implications for Processing

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This chapter goes further toward a rapprochement of theoretical linguistics and psycholinguistics. It concerns itself with the job of the language processor: how stored pieces are used online to build combinatorial linguistic structures in working memory during speech perception and production. It begins by showing how the architecture proposed in Chapter 5 translates into a processing model, with the interface components playing a crucial role. In particular, the treatment of the lexicon in the parallel architecture turns out to fit nicely into analyses of lexical access in perception and production. It then takes up some more general questions about the role of modularity in processing. The overall goal is to show that the parallel architecture offers a theoretical perspective that unifies linguistics with psycholinguistics more satisfactorily than was previously possible.

Keywords: parallel competence architecture; working memory; lexical access; structure-constrained modularity

Chapter.  15636 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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