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    Question on English syntax

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    What characteristics of human language does MERGE help us explain? How is it different from a set of phrase structure rules? And finally why is MERGE not, on his own, enough to explain and account for the grammar of a given language. I mean what additional machinery accounts for this gap?

    Would love to get some feedback asap please.
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    Re: Question on English syntax

    Quote Originally Posted by sof View Post
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    What characteristics of human language does MERGE help us explain? How is it different from a set of phrase structure rules? And finally why is MERGE not, on his own, enough to explain and account for the grammar of a given language. I mean what additional machinery accounts for this gap?

    Would love to get some feedback asap please.
    Thank you
    Welcome to the forums.

    It is not absolutely clear what you are referring to. Can you explain what you mean by "merge"?

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    Re: Question on English syntax

    Merge is the process of joining two syntactical objects to make a more complex structure e.g. [a b] becomes [a[a b]].
    does that help

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