Grammar as an Underground Process

  • P. Seuren
Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 2)


There has been a nagging problem of incompatibility in psycholinguistics between linguistic and psychological theories and results. Linguists should be bothered by this as much as psycholinguists. That they are not I take to be due to differences of development, scope and emphasis within the two disciplines. Linguists tend to concentrate on linguistic problems of description within a given framework (or “paradigm”) and pay little need to outside evidence or other considerations. Psycholinguists, on the contrary, tend to take information about grammar as one of their starting points, and see how this fits in with what they can find out about cognitive functions.


Deep Structure Transformational Rule Routine Procedure Psychological Theory Linguistic Theory 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. Seuren
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  1. 1.Philosophical InstituteUniversity of NijmegenNijmegenThe Netherlands

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