Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

“Parallel architecture” as a variety of stratificationalism

David G. Lockwood a1
a1 Department of Linguistics and Germanic, Slavic, Asian, and African Languages, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824


The model of parallel architecture for language presented by Jackendoff is a kind of stratificational model in the spirit of Sydney Lamb. It differs from the more usual stratificationalism most importantly in its clear commitment to nativism, though the variety of nativism is greatly modified from what is more usual among Chomskyans. The revised model presents a potential for fruitful discussion with proponents of stratificationalism, and the potential for enrichment via a relational implementation.