Concluding Remarks

Ray Jackendoff

in Foundations of Language

Published in print January 2002 | ISBN: 9780198270126
Published online September 2007 | e-ISBN: 9780191713255 | DOI:
 Concluding Remarks

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This concluding chapter reviews the various topics discussed in the preceding chapters. It is argued that enriched composition and the multiple tiers of semantics liberate syntactic theory from a great deal of the complexity with which it has become encumbered over the years. This complexity rose from the demand that syntax be the sole generative component, responsible for all combinatorial structure in semantics. Now that semantics has its own generative organization, syntax needs to share with it only enough structure to get words into the right order for phonology. We can therefore envision a far leaner syntactic component, taking some of the burden off the learner and off Universal Grammar as well.

Keywords: generative linguistics; cognitive psychology; evolutionary biology; neuroscience; computational linguistics; language processing; perception; syntax; lexicon; semantics

Chapter.  3453 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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