Linguistics in Cognitive Science: The state of the art

  title={Linguistics in Cognitive Science: The state of the art},
  author={Ray Jackendoff},
Abstract The special issue of The Linguistic Review on “The Role of Linguistics in Cognitive Science” presents a variety of viewpoints that complement or contrast with the perspective offered in Foundations of Language (Jackendoff 2002a). The present article is a response to the special issue. It discusses what it would mean to integrate linguistics into cognitive science, then shows how the parallel architecture proposed in Foundations seeks to accomplish this goal by altering certain… 
Form and Function in the Evolution of Grammar.
Claims about the origin and evolution of language from the point of view of the formalist-functionalist debate in linguistics are called into question, pointing to the fact that well-understood purely historical processes suffice to explain the emergence of many grammatical properties.
Explanation in Linguistics
The aim of the present paper is to understand what the notions of explanation and prediction in contemporary linguistics mean, and to compare various aspects that the notion of explanation
A parallel interface for language and cognition in sentence production: Theory, method, and experimental evidence
Theoretical and methodological positions are clarified, a theoretical model for language production similar to Jackendoff's Parallel Architecture is proposed, and emerging empirical evidence for this model is discussed.
An experimental approach to linguistic representation
It is proposed that structural priming provides a new basis for understanding the nature of language and provides evidence about the consistency of representations across languages and about language development.
Syntactic Theory and the Evolution of Syntax
It is argued that there is not a dependency relation between theories of syntax and theories of syntactic evolution and the parallel architecture (Jackendoff 2002) is consistent with a saltational theory of syntax evolution.
Aspects of a psychologically informed theory of agreement
Abstract In this paper I try to establish bidirectional links between the grammar and the processing (especially production) of agreement in order to provide the broad strokes of a psychologically
Gradience of Gradience: A reply to Jackendoff
Abstract Jackendoff and other linguists have acknowledged that there is gradience in language but have tended to treat gradient phenomena as separate from the core of language, which is viewed as
Thinking in Words: Language as an Embodied Medium of Thought
This essay defends a version of the cognitive enhancement thesis that integrates and builds on the proposals of embodied cognition and argues that the embodied representations associated with language processing serve as a supplementary medium for conceptual processing.


Generative linguistics within the cognitive neuroscience of language
The foundations and methodology of generative grammar are clarified with the goal of explaining how generative theory already functions as a reasonable source of hypotheses about the representation and computation of language in the mind and brain.
On the status of linguistics as a cognitive science
Abstract In the last fifty or so years, the field of linguistics has become concerned with the study of language as a means for understanding how the mind works. Linguistic theories that advocate the
Language, Consciousness, Culture: Essays on Mental Structure
Ray Jackendoff's Language, Consciousness, Culture represents a breakthrough in developing an integrated theory of human cognition. It will be of interest to a broad spectrum of cognitive scientists,
Linguistics, cognitive science, and all that jazz
Abstract The question of whether generative grammar offers insights into the mind turns on whether and how a generative grammar is an account of what is in the mind. A potentially useful perspective
Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution
Foundations of Language shows one of the most fundamental new thinkings in linguistics since Noam Chomskyis Aspects of the Theory of Syntax in 1965. Foundations of Language opens up vivid new
Semantic Interpretation in Generative Grammar
This book investigates a wide variety of semantic rules, stating them in considerable detail and extensively treating their consequences for the syntactic component of the grammar, and proposes radically new approaches to the so-called Crossover Principle, the control problem for complement subjects, parentheticals, and the interpretation of nonspecific noun phrases.
The pied piper of Cambridge
Recent studies suggest that the human FOXP2 gene, which differs from similar regulatory genes in chimpanzees and other mammals, acts on the basal ganglia and other subcortical structures to confer enhanced human reiterative ability in domains as different as syntax and dancing.
Language as a natural object – linguistics as a natural science
Abstract The Chomskyan revolution in linguistics in the 1950s in essence turned linguistics into a branch of cognitive science (and ultimately biology) by both changing the linguistic landscape and
Psycholinguistics, formal grammars, and cognitive science
Abstract In the 1980s, Charles Clifton referred to a “psycholinguistic renaissance” in cognitive science. During that time, there was almost unanimous agreement that any self-respecting
Alternatives to the combinatorial paradigm of linguistic theory based on domain general principles of human cognition
Abstract It is argued that the principles needed to explain linguistic behavior are domain-general and based on the impact that specific experiences have on the mental organization and representation