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Mechanisms for interaction: Syntax as procedures for online interactive meaning building: Commentary on Christiansen and Chater "The Now-or-Never Bottleneck: A Fundamental Constraint on Language"

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Original languageEnglish
Article numbere79
Number of pages4
JournalBehavioral and Brain Sciences
Publication statusPublished - 2016


We argue that to reflect participant interactivity in conversational dialogue, the Christiansen & Chater (C&C) perspective needs a formal grammar framework capturing word-by-word incrementality, as in Dynamic Syntax, in which syntax is the incremental building of semantic representations reflecting real-time parsing dynamics. We demonstrate that, with such formulation, syntactic, semantic, and morpho-syntactic dependencies are all analysable as grounded in their potential for interaction.

    Research areas

  • linguistic interaction, Dialogue, Dynamic Syntax

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