Student or Learner
(Not a teacher)
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.
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