Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Linguistics fit for dialogue

Simon Garrod a1 and Martin J. Pickering a2
a1 Department of Psychology, University of Glasgow, Glasgow G12 8QT, United Kingdom
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, United Kingdom


Foundations of Language (Jackendoff 2002) sets out to reconcile generative accounts of language structure with psychological accounts of language processing. We argue that Jackendoff's “parallel architecture” is a particularly appropriate linguistic framework for the interactive alignment account of dialogue processing. It offers a helpful definition of linguistic levels of representation, it gives an interesting account of routine expressions, and it supports radical incrementality in processing.