Syntax is the study of language structure and phrasal hierarchies, depicted in parse tree format. It is concerned with the relationship between units at the level of words or morphology. Syntax seeks to delineate exactly all and only those sentences which make up a given language, using native speaker intuition. Syntax seeks to describe formally exactly how structural relations between elements (lexical items/words and operators) in a sentence contribute to its interpretation. Syntax uses principles of formal logic and Set Theory to formalize and represent accurately the hierarchical relationship between elements in a sentence. Abstract syntax trees are often used to illustrate the hierarchical structures that are posited. Thus, in active declarative sentences in English the subject is followed by the main verb which in turn is followed by the object (SVO). This order of elements is crucial to its correct interpretation and it is exactly this which syntacticians try to capture. They argue that there must be a formal computational component contained within the language faculty of normal speakers of a language and seek to describe it.
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This is not simply arcane conjecture. Nature is notoriously parsimonious. And, as in the case of supersymmetry, theorists reasonably assume, based on centuries of accumulated evidence, that the teeming diversity of observed reality results from only a very few truly fundamental processes. So it is logical to suspect that what we perceive as differences mask a deep underlying unity, or symmetry, in nature. At some size scale or energy level, it seems likely that all matter is essentially made of the same stuff, and that all forces are manifestations of a single “superforce.”