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"The difference between the artificial combinatorial system we see in word-chain devices and the natural one is summed up in a line from the Joyce Kilmer poem : "Only God can make a tree." A sentence is not a chain but a tree. In a human grammar, words are grouped into phrases, like twigs in a branch. The phrase is given a name - a mental symbol - and little phrases can be joined into bigger ones."
Steven Pinker, The Language Instinct