Non-local dependencies in grammar and processing

 

Non-local dependencies in grammar and processing

Ricketts 211

This talk will address some fundamental questions of linguistic cognition: What is special about human language? How is language processed in the brain? Are mechanisms of linguistic cognition modular, or domain-general? How are languages similar, how do they differ and why? The key to these questions is to examine the role of non-local dependencies in grammar and processing. I will show that despite non-locality, parsing is amenable to biologically-plausible local classification methods applicable to other modalities.I will also argue that languages are similar in that they strive to minimize non-locality, while obeying certain ordering requirements. However, they differ in the way they resolve conflicts between the two.
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