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The Unity of Linguistic Meaning$
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John Collins

Print publication date: 2011

Print ISBN-13: 9780199694846

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2012

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199694846.001.0001

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The linguistic status of Merge

The linguistic status of Merge

(p.158) 7 The linguistic status of Merge
The Unity of Linguistic Meaning

John Collins

Oxford University Press

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

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