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An alternative model of sentence parsing explains complexity phenomena more comprehensively without problems of localist encoding


Carol Whitney a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, University of Maryland, College Park, MD 20742-7505 cwhitney@cs.umd.edu http://www.cs.umd.edu/~shankar/cwhitney

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Abstract

I discuss weaknesses of the proposed model related to reinstantiation of encodings recorded by the hippocampal complex and to the inability of the model to explain complexity phenomena. An alternative model that also addresses the formation of hierarchical representations of sentences in working memory is outlined, and the ability of this model to account for complexity phenomena is briefly reviewed.