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Foundations of LanguageBrain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution$
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Ray Jackendoff

Print publication date: 2002

Print ISBN-13: 9780198270126

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198270126.001.0001

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Concluding Remarks

Concluding Remarks

(p.422) Chapter 13 Concluding Remarks
Foundations of Language

Ray Jackendoff

Oxford University Press

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

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