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Storage and Computation in the Language Faculty

  • Sieb Nooteboom
  • Fred Weerman
  • Frank Wijnen

Part of the Studies in Theoretical Psycholinguistics book series (SITP, volume 30)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xv
  2. Minimising or Maximising Storage? An Introduction

    1. Sieb Nooteboom, Fred Weerman, Frank Wijnen
      Pages 1-19
  3. Setting the Stage

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
    2. Ray Jackendoff
      Pages 23-58
  4. Accessing Regular and Irregular Word Forms

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 59-59
    2. Harald Baayen, Robert Schreuder, Nivja de Jong, Andrea Krott
      Pages 61-92
    3. Tessa Say, Harald Clahsen
      Pages 93-129
  5. Changing the Rules

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 131-131
    2. Pieter Muysken
      Pages 157-179
  6. Pronouncing Spoken Words

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 181-181
  7. Buffering and Computing

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 217-217
    2. Peter Ackema, Ad Neeleman
      Pages 219-256
    3. Edith Kaan, Laurie Stowe
      Pages 257-295
  8. Computing and Storing Aspects of Discourse

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 297-297
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 329-343

About this book

Introduction

Every now and again I receive a lengthy manuscript from a kind of theoretician known to psychiatrists as the "triangle people" - kooks who have independently discovered that everything in the universe comes in threes (solid , liquid, gas; protons, neutrons, electrons; the Father, the Son, the Holy Ghost ; Moe, Larry, Curly; and so on) . At the risk of sounding like a triangle person, let me explain why I think that the topic of this volume - - storage and computation in the language fac­ ulty - though having just two sides rather than three, is the key to understanding every interesting issue in the study of language. I will begin with the fundamental scientific problem in linguistics: explaining the vast expressive power of language. What is the trick behind our ability to filleach others' heads with so many different ideas? I submit there is not one trick but two, and they have been emphasized by different thinkers throughout the history of linguistics.

Keywords

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Editors and affiliations

  • Sieb Nooteboom
    • 1
  • Fred Weerman
    • 2
  • Frank Wijnen
    • 1
  1. 1.Utrecht Institute of Linguistics OTSUtrecht UniversityThe Netherlands
  2. 2.University of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI https://doi.org/10.1007/978-94-010-0355-1
  • Copyright Information Kluwer Academic Publishers 2002
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Print ISBN 978-1-4020-0527-5
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-0355-1
  • Series Print ISSN 1873-0043
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