A Memory Architecture for Merge
David Adger
February 2017

This brief note suggests a way of further educing the range of derivational types available to the computational system of human language by providing a memory architecture of the computation. The fundamental innovation is the splitting of the workspace into two: a Resource Space and an Operating Space, mimicking the cache-register structure of computers. Restricting the Merge operation to the Operating Space means that parallel Merge derivations are impossible. I suggest that this is why the two gaps in a parasitic gap construction behave asymmetrically for certain interpretive effects.
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keywords: parallel merge, sideways movement, memory, derivation, parasitic gaps, syntax
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