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Acceptability and grammaticality

"Acceptability" is about speaker judgments of utterances, whether they "accept" a stimulus. "Grammaticality" is not about speakers, it is about the abstract grammar that ...
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What is HMC in generative grammar?

This stands for "Head Movement Constraint". It was introduced by Lisa Travis in her 1984 MIT dissertation Parameters and Effects of Word Order Variation, p. 131: Head Movement Constraint: ...
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How beneficial is generative syntax for a non-native looking forward to mastering English?

The titular question suggests one intent (that you want to improve your English), the body of the question suggests something completely different. Apparently, you want to argue about whether certain ...
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What does it mean to say that a component of grammar is "interpretive"?

The distinction is made in mainstream generative grammar, whereby only syntax "generates" and everything else "interprets". There are alternative theories, most notably Generative ...
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Why is binarity emphasized so much in linguistics?

Binarity is favored over alternatives by general scientific logic, therefor to the extent that a linguist is concerned with scientific logic, that is the expcted tendency. However the specific details ...
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How beneficial is generative syntax for a non-native looking forward to mastering English?

You didnt specify what kind of mistakes the proofreaders singled out, and which you think aren't mistakes. If you are sure that there are no grammatical mistakes, it's possible that the objections are ...
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Why do we listen and speak in the same language?

When living in a mainly monolingual society, the impression of listening and speaking the same language may feel natural. But in general, humans are listening to and speaking more or less different ...
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Do indirect objects induce CED effects?

A self-answer though, I found a paper by Toquero-Pérez (2022), who reports that speakers from Southern California, Northern Virginia and North East Pennsylvania allow wh-extraction of indirect objects,...
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How do you write split infinitives in x-bar theory syntax trees?

The word "to" is seen as occupying the INFL / T° slot. The adverb is an adjunct somewhere to the left of the V. This derives the order you see. (It's actually very easy isn't it.) (Of course,...
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Linguistics and ChatGPT

The parrot can actually answer the question: As an AI language model, ChatGPT is primarily based on natural language processing (NLP) techniques that are derived from a variety of linguistic models ...
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Human natural language metalanguage

There are constructed languages that are designed to be parsable, the original was Loglan and it spawned some forks, e.g., Lojban and gua\spi (shortly mentioned in the Wikipedia article on Lojban). I ...
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