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Hardcover | Out of Print | 592 pp. | 7 x 9 in | January 2006 | ISBN: 9780262195263
Paperback | $49.00 X | £36.95 | 592 pp. | 7 x 9 in | January 2011 | ISBN: 9780262516198
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The Harmonic Mind, Volume 1

From Neural Computation to Optimality-Theoretic Grammar Volume I: Cognitive Architecture

About the Authors

Paul Smolensky is Professor of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University. He was a leading member of the PDP connectionist research group, and is the recipient of the 2005 David E. Rumelhart Prize in Cognitive Science, which is awarded annually to an individual or collaborative team making a significant contribution to the formal analysis of human cognition.

Geraldine Legendre is Professor of Cognitive Science at Johns Hopkins University and a preeminent syntactician of French.


The Harmonic Mind is a work of remarkable scope. Smolensky, Legendre, and their coauthors elaborate the connectionist foundations of optimality theory and explore the multifaceted consequences of the cognitive architecture they posit. Their investigations touch on an extraordinary range of linguistic, computational, psychological, mathematical, and philosophical issues of central importance to the scientific study of language.”
Tom Wasow, Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy, Stanford University