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Introduction: Formal vs. processing explanations of linguistic phenomena

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JournalLanguage and Cognitive Processes
DateE-pub ahead of print - 22 Oct 2012
DatePublished (current) - Jan 2013
Issue number1/2
Number of pages8
Pages (from-to)1-8
Early online date22/10/12
Original languageEnglish


We summarise some of the factors affecting decisions about the status of syntactic phenomena: pragmatics, linguistic processing capacity, extra-linguistic computation, and methodology. We conclude that although there are clear-cut cases for which the decision to assign a phenomenon to processing or to irreducible syntactic principles is simple, there are many instances in which the decision is contentious.

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