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Making Good on the Promissory Note: Generative Grammar in the Cognitive Science of Language
Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins Univ.)

24 septembre 2008

Program: As defined by Chomsky (1988:3, inter alia) the central questions of generative grammar are:
1. What is the system of knowledge?
2. How does this system of knowledge arise in the mind/brain?
3. How is this knowledge put to use?
4. What are the physical mechanisms that serve as the material basis for this system of knowledge and for the use of this knowledge?
I will present a high-level overview of an argument – developed in detail in The Harmonic Mind (Smolensky & Legendre, 2006, MIT Press) — that, in the form of Optimality Theory (Prince & Smolensky 1993), generative grammar has much to contribute to research addressing all of these questions.
1/ September 24, 2008 at 6:30 pm.

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Paul Smolensky Paul Smolensky (Johns Hopkins Univ.)
Paul Smolensky is Krieger-Eisenhower Professor of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University.

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