Recursion: Complexity in Cognition

  • Tom Roeper
  • Margaret Speas

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 43)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Manfred Krifka
    Pages 59-87
  3. Peter Ludlow
    Pages 89-112
  4. Wolfram Hinzen
    Pages 113-137
  5. Edward P. Stabler
    Pages 159-177
  6. Bart Hollebrandse, Tom Roeper
    Pages 179-219
  7. Jill de Villiers, Kathryn Hobbs, Bart Hollebrandse
    Pages 221-242
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 265-267

About this book


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.


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

Editors and affiliations

  • Tom Roeper
    • 1
  • Margaret Speas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA

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