Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Rescuing generative linguistics: Too little, too late?

Michael J. Spivey a1 and Monica Gonzalez-Marquez a1
a1 Department of Psychology, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853


Jackendoff's Foundations of Language: Brain, Meaning, Grammar, Evolution attempts to reconnect generative linguistics to the rest of cognitive science. However, by minimally acknowledging decades of work in cognitive linguistics, treating dynamical systems approaches somewhat dismissively, and clinging to certain fundamental dogma while revising others, he clearly risks satisfying no one by almost pleasing everyone.