Some Core Contested Concepts

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Core concepts of language are highly contested. In some cases this is legitimate: real empirical and conceptual issues arise. In other cases, it seems that controversies are based on misunderstanding. A number of crucial cases are reviewed, and an approach to language is outlined that appears to have strong conceptual and empirical motivation, and to lead to conclusions about a number of significant issues that differ from some conventional beliefs.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)91-104
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of psycholinguistic research
Issue number1
StatePublished - Feb 2014
Externally publishedYes


  • Biolinguistic
  • Generation
  • I-language
  • Minimalist program
  • Structure-dependence

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Language and Linguistics
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology
  • Psychology(all)
  • Linguistics and Language


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