An ambitious and provocative new look at many of the classic issues in sentence processing. Townsend and Bever integrate a large body of past and current results in a novel 'constraints-first/syntax-last' model, while deftly addressing central debates in the cognitive sciences about the mental status of rules and constraints.
(Michael K. Tanenhaus
, Professor of Brain and Cognitive Sciences, University of Rochester)
This monograph presents a comprehensive review of current models of sentence comprehension, set within a valuable historical perspective, and a new model that seeks to reconcile the major differences between theories in the field. Researchers and students will find it a valuable and provocative work.
, Professor of Neurology, Harvard Medical School)
About the Author
Thomas G. Bever is Chair of the Linguistics Department at the University of Arizona.