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.
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