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The Neural Architecture of Grammar$
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Stephen E. Nadeau

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780262017022

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262017022.001.0001

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(p.xvi) (p.1) 1 Introduction
The Neural Architecture of Grammar

Stephen E. Nadeau

The MIT Press

This introductory chapter sets out the book’s purpose, which is to develop a neurologically plausible theory of grammatic function. It then discusses parallel distributed processing (PDP), one of the major pillars of the book. PDP models can incorporate a large variety of model-specific assumptions, including ones that are not neurologically plausible. However, the book argues from the simplest, most limited set of assumptions possible, all of which receive substantial if not overwhelming support from neurobiological research. These assumptions are outlined.

Keywords:   grammatic function, parallel distributed processing, PDP models

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