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Philosophy of Syntax

Foundational Topics

Series: Trends in Logic, Vol. 29

Talasiewicz, Mieszko

2010, VI, 189p.

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  • A unique attempt to confront major claims of empirically motivated syntactic theory with foundational ideas of philosophical grammar
  • Inspires the reader to rethink the position of syntax in the philosophy of language and in linguistics
  • Draws new lines between syntax, semantics and pragmatics
  • The first book to ground Categorical Grammar with Situation Semantics and facts about First Language Acquisition
  • Provides the reader interested in natural language processing with a well-argued case for the need of implementing substantial "world knowledge" and emulating pragmatic ambiguity resolution in machines

This book is intended as a preliminary work for a uniform description of language, especially overall organization and architecture of grammar and its connection with semantics. An array of general logical intuitions, concerning the initial requirements for building and interpreting compound expressions, stemming from Frege, Husserl and Ajdukiewicz, is spelled out to form a general framework, allowing for critical evaluation of today’s leading paradigms, such as Generative Grammar, Montague Grammar or Type-Logical Grammar.

The main message of the book is that categorial grammar is not only one of the competing theories of syntax, but – according to some general features – is the most plausible framework for logical syntax of natural language. With profound motivation the book proposes an original treatment of quantification and formulates insightful general principles of syntactic analysis.

Content Level » Research

Keywords » Gottlob Frege - Index - categorial analysis - categorial grammar - language - logical form - natural language - pragmatics - present - semantic - semantics - situation semantics - syntactic - syntax - theory of syntax

Related subjects » Linguistics - Logic & Philosophy of Language - Philosophy

Table of contents 

Syntax.- Semantics.- Categorial Analysis.- Conclusion.

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