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The linguistic status of Merge

John Collins

in The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

Published in print September 2011 | ISBN: 9780199694846
Published online January 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191732027 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694846.003.0007
The linguistic status of Merge

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The last chapter fielded a range of potential philosophical objections to the account of unity offered in chapter 5. I also trust that it clarified a range of background issues pertaining to the purpose and scope of semantic inquiry, at least as I conceive of it. In this final chapter, I shall address a range of issues that arise in linguistics to do with the status and interpretation of Merge. I shall be especially concerned to defend the primitive status of Merge from critics, such as Jackendoff, and those who seek to analyse it into more primitive components, such as Hornstein. Although these issues may be initially oblique to some readers, I hope that their interest will quickly become apparent. Any interdisciplinary work is obliged to justify itself in all the relevant disciplines, not just the one.

Keywords: merge; recursion; Ray Jackendoff; Norbert Hornstein

Chapter.  11356 words. 

Subjects: Philosophy of Language

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