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 [email protected]
a2 Department of Psychology, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh EH8 9JZ, United Kingdom [email protected]


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.