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Syntax with oscillators and energy levels

Book Series: Studies in Laboratory Phonology ISBN: 9783961101580 9783961101573 Year: DOI: 10.5281/zenodo.2625683 Language: English
Publisher: Language Science Press Grant: Knowledge Unlatched - 104854
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This book presents a new approach to studying the syntax of human language, one which emphasizes how we think about time. Tilsen argues that many current theories are unsatisfactory because those theories conceptualize syntactic patterns with spatially arranged structures of objects. These object-structures are atemporal and do not lend well to reasoning about time. The book develops an alternative conceptual model in which oscillatory systems of various types interact with each other through coupling forces, and in which the relative energies of those systems are organized in particular ways. Tilsen emphasizes that the two primary mechanisms of the approach – oscillators and energy levels – require alternative ways of thinking about time. Furthermore, his theory leads to a new way of thinking about grammaticality and the recursive nature of language.



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