Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Open Peer Commentary
Clahsen: Rules of language

The dual-mechanism model of inflectional morphology: A connectionist critique

Marc F. Joanisse a1 and Todd R. Haskell a1
a1 Neuroscience Program, University of Southern California, Los Angeles, CA 90089-2520 {marcj; thaskell}


Clahsen has added to the body of evidence that, on average, regular and irregular inflected words behave differently. However, the dual-mechanism account he supports predicts a crisp distinction; the empirical data instead suggest a fuzzy one, more in line with single-mechanism connectionist models.