Natural Language Semantics: Formation and Valuation

Author:   Brendan S. Gillon (McGill University)
Publisher:   MIT Press Ltd
ISBN:  

9780262039208


Pages:   736
Publication Date:   12 March 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 to 99 years
Format:   Hardback
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An introduction to natural language semantics that offers an overview of the empirical domain and an explanation of the mathematical concepts that underpin the discipline. This textbook offers a comprehensive introduction to the fundamentals of those approaches to natural language semantics that use the insights of logic. Many other texts on the subject focus on presenting a particular theory of natural language semantics. This text instead offers an overview of the empirical domain (drawn largely from standard descriptive grammars of English) as well as the mathematical tools that are applied to it. Readers are shown where the concepts of logic apply, where they fail to apply, and where they might apply, if suitably adjusted. The presentation of logic is completely self-contained, with concepts of logic used in the book presented in all the necessary detail. This includes propositional logic, first order predicate logic, generalized quantifier theory, and the Lambek and Lambda calculi. The chapters on logic are paired with chapters on English grammar. For example, the chapter on propositional logic is paired with a chapter on the grammar of coordination and subordination of English clauses; the chapter on predicate logic is paired with a chapter on the grammar of simple, independent English clauses; and so on. The book includes more than five hundred exercises, not only for the mathematical concepts introduced, but also for their application to the analysis of natural language. The latter exercises include some aimed at helping the reader to understand how to formulate and test hypotheses.

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Author:   Brendan S. Gillon (McGill University)
Publisher:   MIT Press Ltd
Imprint:   MIT Press
Dimensions:   Width: 17.80cm , Height: 3.80cm , Length: 22.90cm
ISBN:  

9780262039208


ISBN 10:   0262039206
Pages:   736
Publication Date:   12 March 2019
Recommended Age:   From 18 to 99 years
Audience:   College/higher education ,  Tertiary & Higher Education
Format:   Hardback
Publisher's Status:   Active
Availability:   In Print   Availability explained
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Brendan S. Gillon is Professor of Linguistics and an Associate of the Department of Philosophy at McGill University.

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