Modularity in Knowledge Representation and Natural-Language Understanding

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The notion of modularity, introduced by Noam Chomsky and developed with special emphasis on perceptual and linguistic processes by Jerry Fodor in his important book The Modularity of Mind, has provided a significant stimulus to research in cognitive science. This book presents essays in which a diverse group of philosophers, linguists, psycholinguists, and neuroscientists—including both proponents and critics of the modularity hypothesis—address general questions and specific ...
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Overview

The notion of modularity, introduced by Noam Chomsky and developed with special emphasis on perceptual and linguistic processes by Jerry Fodor in his important book The Modularity of Mind, has provided a significant stimulus to research in cognitive science. This book presents essays in which a diverse group of philosophers, linguists, psycholinguists, and neuroscientists—including both proponents and critics of the modularity hypothesis—address general questions and specific problems related to modularity.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780262570855
  • Publisher: MIT Press
  • Publication date: 2/5/1991
  • Series: Bradford Books Series
  • Pages: 440
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.90 (d)

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Jay Garfield is Doris Silbert Professor in the Humanities, Professor of Philosophy and Director of the Logic Program and of the Five College Tibetan Studies in India Program at Smith College, Professor in the graduate faculty of Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Professor of Philosophy at Melbourne University and Adjunct Professor of Philosophy at the Central Institute of Higher Tibetan Studies.
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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction
I Modularity and Psychological Method
Introduction
1 Modules, Frames, Fridgeons, Sleeping Dogs, and the Music of the Spheres
2 Against Modularity
3 Binding, Plausibility, and Modularity
4 Context Effects and Lexical Processing: A Connectionist Approach to Modularity
II Semantics, Syntax, and Learnability
Introduction
5 The Autonomy of Syntax and Semantics
6 Levels of Meaning
7 Quantification, Ellipsis, and Logical Form
8 Categorial Grammar and Domain Specificity of Universal Grammar
9 Combinatory Grammars and Human Sentence Processing
10 The Components of Learnability Theory
III On-Line Processing
Introduction
11 Modes and Modules: Multiple Paths to the Language Processor
12 Modularity and Interaction in Sentence Processing
13 Modularity in the Syntactic Parser
14 Modularity in Sentence Comprehension
15 Theories of Sentence Processing
16 Mandatory Processing in Speech Perception: A Case Study
IV The Visual Module
Introduction
17 Modularity and Interaction of Brain Regions underlying Visuomotor Coordination
18 Marr's Theory of Vision
19 Modularity and Naturalism in Theories of Vision
Bibliography
List of Authors
Index
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