Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Is syntax a representation in itself?

Maritza Rivera-Gaxiola a1 and Juan Felipe Silva-Pereyra a1
a1 Speech and Hearing Sciences Department, Center for Mind, Brain and Learning, University of Washington, Seattle, WA 98119


We address the issue of the nature of representations during development regarding language acquisition. The controversy of syntax as a process or operation for representation formation and syntax as a representation in itself is discussed. Eliminating the cognitive unconscious does not warrant a simplified, more parsimonious approach to human cognition in general.