This special issue of Cognition on Connectionism and Symbol Systems is intended to start such a discussion. Each of the papers in the issue attempts to analyze in careful detail the accomplishments and liabilities of connectio-nist models of cognition.
The papers were independently and coincidentally submitted to the journal—a sign, perhaps, that the time is especially right for reflection on the status of connectionist theories.
Though each makes different points, there are noteworthy common themes. All the papers are highly critical of certain aspects of connectionist models, particularly as applied to language of the parts of cognition employing language-like operations.
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