Wednesday, September 13, 2017
Boston, MA USA
The cat the dog the mouse scared chased is wrong
The cat the dog the mouse the elephant the flea the virus infected bit squashed scared chased is wrong
English, by definition, is an infinite language. Pairs of nouns and their corresponding verbs infinitely center-embed within a sentence. While the sentence maintains its grammatical structure, human capacity prevents the sentence from preserving its meaning past the 3rd embedding. Capacity and memory limit our perception of the English language, distorting its semantic representation while maintaining its syntax.
In light of our potential, the emphasis is on syntactic representation, allowing us to interpret the English language without the limitation of content.