ISBN: 9780262331791 | 440 pp. | October 2015

Structures in the Mind

Essays on Language, Music, and Cognition in Honor of Ray Jackendoff
Overview

This volume offers new research in cognitive science by leading scholars, exploring different areas of cognition with an emphasis on language. The contributions—in such fields as linguistic theory, psycholinguistics, evolution, and consciousness—reflect the thriving interdisciplinary scholarship in cognitive science today. Ray Jackendoff’s pioneering cross-disciplinary work was instrumental in establishing the field, and Structures in the Mind, with contributions from Jackendoff’s colleagues and former students, is a testament to his lasting influence.

After an introduction that includes short reflections on Jackendoff’s work by such scholars as Paul Bloom, Noam Chomsky, Barbara Partee, and Steven Pinker, the book presents chapters on linguistics, which build on Jackendoff’s theories of conceptual semantics and parallel architectures; psycholinguistics, reaching from linguistics to psychology and neuroscience; and other topics as varied as the evolution of linguistic and musical abilities, consciousness, music theory, and the grammar of comics—with this particular chapter taking the form of a comic. The chapters present fresh data, bold claims, and stimulating theoretical discussions, offering a celebration of cognitive science today.

Contributors: Daniel Büring, Neil Cohn, Peter W. Culicover, Daniel Dennett, Cecily Jill Duffield, W. Tecumseh Fitch, Lila Gleitman, Jane Grimshaw, Yosef Grodzinsky, Katharina Hartmann, Albert Kim, Max Soowon Kim, Barbara Landau, Fred Lerdahl, Willem J. M. Levelt, Joan Maling, Bhuvana Narasimhan, Urpo Nikanne, Catherine O’Connor, Maria Mercedes Piñango, Daniel Silverman, Henk Verkuyl, Heike Wiese, Eva Wittenberg, Edgar B. Zurif, Joost Zwarts

Table of Contents

  1. Acknowledgments
  2. Introduction
  3. 1. Simpler Syntax and the Mind: Reflections on Syntactic Theory and Cognitive Science

    Peter W. Culicover

  4. 2. What Makes Conceptual Semantics Special?

    Urpo Nikanne

  5. 3. Semantic Coordination without Syntactic Coordinators

    Daniel Büring and Katharina Hartmann

  6. 4. Out of Phase: Form-Meaning Mismatches in the Prepositional Phrase

    Joost Zwarts

  7. 5. The Light Verbs Say and SAY

    Jane Grimshaw

  8. 6. Cognitive Illusions: Non-Promotional Passives and Unspecified Subject Constructions

    Joan Maling and Catherine O’Connor

  9. 7. Agentive Subjects and Semantic Case in Korean

    Max Soowon Kim

  10. 8. Lexical Aspect and Natural Philosophy: How to Untie Them

    Henk J. Verkuyl

  11. 9. An Evolving View of Enriched Semantic Composition

    María Mercedes Piñango and Edgar B. Zurif

  12. 10. Height Matters

    Barbara Landau and Lila R. Gleitman

  13. 11. Accessibility and Linear Order in Phrasal Conjuncts

    Bhuvana Narasimhan, Cecily Jill Duffield, and Albert Kim

  14. 12. Sleeping Beauties

    Willem J. M. Levelt

  15. 13. Evolution of the Speech Code: Higher-Order Symbolism and the Grammatical Big Bang

    Daniel Silverman

  16. 14. Arbitrariness and Iconicity in the Syntax-Semantics Interface: An Evolutionary Perspective

    Heike Wiese and Eva Wittenberg

  17. 15. The Biology and Evolution of Musical Rhythm: An Update

    W. Tecumseh Fitch

  18. 16. Neural Substrates for Linguistic and Musical Abilities: A Neurolinguist’s Perspective

    Yosef Grodzinsky

  19. 17. Structure and Ambiguity in a Schumann Song

    Fred Lerdahl

  20. 18. The Friar’s Fringe of Consciousness

    Daniel Dennett

  21. 19. Climbing Trees and Seeing Stars: Combinatorial Structure in Comics and Diverse Domains

    Neil Cohn

  22. Contributors
  23. Index