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Do recursively generated tenses exist?

McCawley argues that recursively generated past tenses do exist in English. See discussion beginning about page 221 in Syntactic Phenomena of English. Past is a predicate of a sentence which may ...
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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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Does Piraha syntax lack any recursion or just embedding?

I take the word "appear" literally, that is, it's a question about the evidence. Almost all of the publicly available evidence comes from Everett. You can consult the other works on listed Glottolog (...
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Do recursively generated tenses exist?

This is not exactly recursive because the recursion stops after one level, but it comes close to recursion: There is a formation termed Doppeltes Perfekt in German. Similar formations are also known ...
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Does the recursive capability of Merge demonstrate the productivity of human language?

I think rather than saying that the recursive capability of Merge "demonstrate[s] the productivity of human language", it would make more sense to say that it explains the productivity that we see. ...
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What is recursion?

A definition which appeals to what is being defined is recursive. For instance, a phrase structure rule for coordination of sentences which defines an S using S in the definition, S -> S "and" S (A ...
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What is recursion?

I'm making this post pretty much just to link to something that seems relevant. I don't really understand the definition of recursion or its relevance to language. This may be a bit dangerous, but ...
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