Quantum field theory and the linguistic Minimalist Program: A remarkable isomorphism

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By resorting to recent results, we show that an isomorphism exist between linguistic features of the Minimalist Program and the quantum field theory formalism of condensed matter physics. Specific linguistic features which admit a representation in terms of the many-body algebraic formalism are the unconstrained nature of recursive Merge, the operation of the Labeling Algorithm, the difference between pronounced and un-pronounced copies of elements in a sentence and the build-up of the Fibonacci sequence in the syntactic derivation of sentence structures. The collective dynamical nature of the formation process of Logical Forms leading to the individuation of the manifold of concepts and the computational self-consistency of languages are also discussed.

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Article number012016
JournalJournal of Physics: Conference Series
Volume880
Issue number1
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StatePublished - Aug 21 2017

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Quantum field theory and the linguistic Minimalist Program : A remarkable isomorphism. / Piattelli-Palmarini, M.; Vitiello, G.

In: Journal of Physics: Conference Series, Vol. 880, No. 1, 012016, 21.08.2017.

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