Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Linear order and its place in grammar

Richard Wiese a1
a1 Institut für Germanistische Sprachwissenschaft, Philipps-Universität Marburg, 35032 Marburg, Germany


This commentary discusses the division of labor between syntax and phonology, starting with the parallel model of grammar developed by Jackendoff. It is proposed that linear, left-to-right order of linguistic items is not represented in syntax, but in phonology. Syntax concerns the abstract relations of categories alone. All components of grammar contribute to linear order, by means of the interface rules.