The Frustrating Equation

Juan Uriagereka

in Spell‐Out and the Minimalist Program

Published in print December 2011 | ISBN: 9780199593521
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191731402 | DOI:
The Frustrating Equation

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This chapter introduces dynamical frustration and suggests a role for it in the neurophysiological substrate of language. To explore this possibility, linguistic structuring it presented from the viewpoint of systemic memory limitations that play a crucial role in structuring language, discussing how they might arise when placing computations in time. The putative biophysics of language is considered next, with an eye on going beyond theories that discharge the burden of explanation on stipulated codings. In songbirds no ‘representational’ approach seems necessary and instead — assuming Binder's equivalence among different forms of dynamical frustration — an attempt is made to correlate physiological brain states with externalized patterns on the one hand and computational automata expressible in that sort of dynamics on the other. The underlying frustration at a neurophysiological level was assumed to be of the scale sort, a brain pattern that would externalize in the form of geometrical frustration.

Keywords: dynamical frustration; neurophysiological substrate; language; linguistic structuring; systemic memory; songbirds

Chapter.  16631 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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