Merge Is Not Recursion

2017-09-25T07:42:03Z (GMT) by Ramón Casares
<div>This is a review of the book "Why Only Us" by Berwick & Chomsky done from the point of view of computing. The main conclusions are: that the book uses the word "recursion" with a meaning that does not correspond to the meaning used in mathematics, causing confusion, and that the theory presented in the book, that syntax can be reduced to Merge, does not translate sensibly to computing, because Merge by itself cannot even parse, and therefore it is not enough to explain the evolution of Merge to explain the evolution of language, as the book proposes.</div>