Behavioral and Brain Sciences

Short Communication

Why the TDH fails to contribute to a neurology of syntax

Alan Beretta a1
a1 Department of Linguistics, Michigan State University, East Lansing, MI 48824


An important part of Grodzinsky's claim regarding the neurology of syntax depends on agrammatic data partitioned by the Trace Deletion Hypothesis (TDH), which is a combination of trace-deletion and default strategy. However, there is convincing evidence that the default strategy is consistently avoided by agrammatics. The TDH, therefore, is in no position to support claims about agrammatic data or the neurology of syntax.