The Parallel Architecture and its Place in Cognitive Science

Ray Jackendoff

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Published in print December 2009 | ISBN: 9780199544004
Published online September 2012 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

 The Parallel Architecture and its Place in Cognitive Science

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It has become fashionable to speak of linguistic inquiry as biolinguistics, an attempt to frame questions of linguistic theory in terms of the place of language in a biological context. The Minimalist Program is the most prominent stream of research in this paradigm. However, an alternative stream from within the paradigm, the Parallel Architecture, has been developing in the author's work over the past 30 years; it includes two important subcomponents, Conceptual Structure and Simpler Syntax. This chapter shows how the Parallel Architecture is a more promising realization of biolinguistic goals than the Minimalist Program, and is more conducive to integration with both the rest of linguistic theory and the rest of cognitive science.

Keywords: linguistic theory; biolinguistics; Minimalist Program

Article.  9227 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Cognitive Linguistics ; Semantics

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