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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.160) (p.161) 5 Conclusion
The Neural Architecture of Grammar

Stephen E. Nadeau

The MIT Press

This chapter summarizes the main themes covered in the preceding chapters and offers suggestions for future language research. This book presented a broad overview of the major domains of knowledge supporting grammatic function and the functional relationships between the neural networks supporting these domains, as constrained by the known neuroanatomy and principles of neurophysiology (e.g., selective engagement). While the picture of grammatic function that emerges remains substantially underspecified, it appears to be remarkably consistent given the disparate fields of investigation which led to its formulation. The chapter also presents some final thoughts about parallel distributed processing theory and identifies the native essentials to the development of language function.

Keywords:   language function, grammar, feature pattern knowledge, parallel distributed processing, neural architecture

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