A bound on synchronically interpretable structure

Slack, Jon M. (2004) A bound on synchronically interpretable structure. Mind and Language, 19 (3). pp. 305-333. ISSN 1468-0017

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1468-0017.2004.00260.x

Abstract

Multiple explanatory frameworks may be required to provide an adequate account of human cognition. This paper embeds the classical account within a neural network framework, exploring the encoding of syntactically-structured objects over the synchronic-diachronic characteristics of networks. Synchronic structure is defined in terms of temporal binding and the superposition of states. To accommodate asymmetric relations, synchronic structure is subject to the type uniqueness constraint (TUC). The nature of synchronic structure is shown to underlie X-bar theory that characterizes the phrasal structure of human languages. The derivation differentiates core X-bar properties from language-specific properties.

Item Type:Article
Additional Information:Multiple explanatory frameworks may be required to provide an adequate account of human cognition. This paper embeds the classical account within a neural network framework, exploring the encoding of syntactically-structured objects over the synchronic-diachronic characteristics of networks. Synchronic structure is defined in terms of temporal binding and the superposition of states. To accommodate asymmetric relations, synchronic structure is subject to the type uniqueness constraint (TUC). The nature of synchronic structure is shown to underlie X-bar theory that characterizes the phrasal structure of human languages. The derivation differentiates core X-bar properties from language-specific properties.
Keywords:Cognition, Neural network, Synchronic structure, Type uniqueness constraint, X-bar theory
Subjects:Q Linguistics, Classics and related subjects > Q100 Linguistics
C Biological Sciences > C800 Psychology
Divisions:College of Social Science > School of Psychology
ID Code:737
Deposited By: Jill Partridge
Deposited On:25 Jun 2007
Last Modified:18 Jul 2011 16:13

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