Recursion: A Computational Investigation into the Representation and Processing of Language by David J. LobinaRecursion: A Computational Investigation into the Representation and Processing of Language by David J. Lobina

Recursion: A Computational Investigation into the Representation and Processing of Language

byDavid J. Lobina

Hardcover | September 2, 2017

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This book provides a comprehensive account of the role of recursion in language in two distinct but interconnected ways. First, David J. Lobina examines how recursion applies at different levels within a full description of natural language. Specifically, he identifies and evaluates recursionas: a) a central property of the computational system underlying the faculty of language; b) a possible feature of the derivations yielded by this computational system; c) a global characteristic of the structures generated by the language faculty; and d) a probable factor in the parsing operationsemployed during the processing of recursive structures. Second, the volume orders these different levels into a tripartite explanatory framework. According to this framework, the investigation of any particular cognitive domain must begin by first outlining what sort of mechanical procedureunderlies the relevant capacity (including what sort of structures it generates). Only then, the author argues, can we properly investigate its implementation, both at the level of abstract computations typical of competence-level analyses, and at the level of the real-time processing ofbehaviour.
David J. Lobina is a Juan de la Cierva fellow in the Department of Philosophy at the University of Barcelona. He holds a PhD in cognitive science and language from the University of Barcelona and the University of Rovira i Virgili, and is a former Marie Curie fellow in the Faculty of Philosophy, University of Oxford. He specializes in ...
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Title:Recursion: A Computational Investigation into the Representation and Processing of LanguageFormat:HardcoverDimensions:256 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.03 inPublished:September 2, 2017Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefacePutting up barriers1. Preliminaries2. Recursive generation in language3. The derivations into the interfaces4. The universality and uniqueness of recursion-in-language5. On recursive parsing6. Probing recursionPutting it all togetherPostfaceReferencesIndex