Language Sciences 74:98-109 (2019)

Eran Asoulin
University of New South Wales
I argue that the ability to compute phrase structure grammars is indicative of a particular kind of thought. This type of thought that is only available to cognitive systems that have access to the computations that allow the generation and interpretation of the structural descriptions of phrase structure grammars. The study of phrase structure grammars, and formal language theory in general, is thus indispensable to studies of human cognition, for it makes explicit both the unique type of human thought and the underlying mechanisms in virtue of which this thought is made possible.
Keywords Thought  Cognition  Phrase structure grammars  Chomsky hierarchy  Animal cognition
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