The Harmonic Mind: From Neural Computation To Optimality-theoretic Grammar Volume I: Cognitive Architecture by Paul SmolenskyThe Harmonic Mind: From Neural Computation To Optimality-theoretic Grammar Volume I: Cognitive Architecture by Paul Smolensky

The Harmonic Mind: From Neural Computation To Optimality-theoretic Grammar Volume I: Cognitive…

byPaul Smolensky, Géraldine Legendre

Paperback | January 21, 2011

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Despite their apparently divergent accounts of higher cognition, cognitive theories based on neural computation and those employing symbolic computation can in fact strengthen one another. To substantiate this controversial claim, this landmark work develops in depth a cognitive architecture based in neural computation but supporting formally explicit higher-level symbolic descriptions, including new grammar formalisms.Detailed studies in both phonology and syntax provide arguments that these grammatical theories and their neural network realizations enable deeper explanations of early acquisition, processing difficulty, cross-linguistic typology, and the possibility of genomically encoding universal principles of grammar. Foundational questions concerning the explanatory status of symbols for central problems such as the unbounded productivity of higher cognition are also given proper treatment.The work is made accessible to scholars in different fields of cognitive science through tutorial chapters and numerous expository boxes providing background material from several disciplines. Examples common to different chapters facilitate the transition from more basic to more sophisticated treatments. Details of method, formalism, and foundation are presented in later chapters, offering a wealth of new results to specialists in psycholinguistics, language acquisition, theoretical linguistics, computational linguistics, computational neuroscience, connectionist modeling, and philosophy of mind.

Geraldine Legendre is Professor of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University and a preeminent syntactician of French.
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Title:The Harmonic Mind: From Neural Computation To Optimality-theoretic Grammar Volume I: Cognitive…Format:PaperbackDimensions:592 pages, 9 × 7 × 1 inPublished:January 21, 2011Publisher:The MIT PressLanguage:English

The following ISBNs are associated with this title:

ISBN - 10:0262516195

ISBN - 13:9780262516198

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The Harmonic Mind is a work of remarkable scope. Smolensky, Legendre, and their coauthors elaborate the connectionist foundations of optimality theory and explore the multifaceted consequences of the cognitive architecture they posit. Their investigations touch on an extraordinary range of linguistic, computational, psychological, mathematical, and philosophical issues of central importance to the scientific study of language.