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Recursion: Complexity in Cognition

Roeper, Thomas, Speas, Margaret (Eds.)

2014, XXI, 267 p. 87 illus.

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  • Original contributions by a stellar group of authors including Noam Chomsky
  • Perspectives on the core property of human language from computer science, philosophy, psycholinguistics, evolutionary biology, semantics and syntax
  • Empirical evidence applied to language variation, experimentation and parsing models

This volume focuses on recursion and reveals a host of new theoretical arguments, philosophical perspectives, formal representations, and empirical evidence from parsing, acquisition, and computer models, highlighting its central role in modern science. Noam Chomsky, whose work introduced recursion to linguistics and cognitive science, and other leading researchers in the fields of philosophy, semantics, computer science, and psycholinguistics in showing the profound reach of this concept into modern science.

 

Recursion has been at the heart of generative grammar from the outset. Recent work in minimalism has put it at center-stage with a wide range of consequences across the intellectual landscape. The contributors to this volume both advance the field and provide a cross-sectional view of the place that recursion takes in modern science.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Hauser Chomsky Fitch - broad faculty of language - direct and indirect recursion - human language evolution - human language structures - interdisiplinary approach to language acquisition - language acquisition recursion - minimalistic framework - narrow faculty of language - noam chomsky - parsing models - philosophy of language - recursion cognition - recursion in language - recursive complements - sentential recursion

Related subjects » Linguistics - Philosophy - Theoretical Computer Science

Table of contents 

Introduction by Margaret Speas.- Minimal Recursion:  Exploring the Prospects By Noam Chomsky.- Recursion Restrictions:  Where Grammars Count By Hilda Koopman.- Deriving the Two-argument Restriction without Recursion By Eva Juarros-Daussà.- Embedding Illocutionary Acts By Manfred Krifka.- Recursion, Legibility, Use By Peter Ludlow.- Recursion and Truth By Wolfram Hinzen.-  Recursion in Language:  Is it Indirectly constrained? By Aravind Joshi.- Recursion in Grammar and Performance By Edward P. Stabler.- Empirical Results and Formal Approaches to Recursion in Acquisition By Bart Hollebrandse and Tom Roeper.- Recursive Complements and Propositional Attitudes By Jill deVilliers and Kate Hobbs.- Recursive Merge and Human Language Evolution By Koji Fujita.

 

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