Category Archives: Semantics

Essays in Logical Semantics by Johan van Benthem

By Johan van Benthem

Recent advancements within the semantics of normal language appear to result in a real synthesis of principles from linguistics and good judgment, generating novel techniques and questions of curiosity to either dad or mum disciplines. This publication is a set of essays on such new themes, that have arisen during the last few years. Taking a huge view, advancements in formal semantics over the last decade will be noticeable as follows. at the start stands Montague's pioneering paintings, displaying how a rigorous semantics may be given for entire fragments of normal language through making a appropriate healthy among syntactic different types and semantic forms. This very firm already dispelled entrenched prejudices in regards to the separation of linguistics and good judgment. Having visible the sunshine, despite the fact that, there isn't any cause in any respect to stay to the letter of Montague's proposals, that are usually arguable. for that reason, then, many advancements were made upon almost each point of the firm. extra subtle grammars were inserted (lately, lexical-functional grammar and generalized word constitution grammar), extra delicate version constructions were constructed (lately, 'partial' instead of 'total' of their comĀ­ position), or even the mechanism of interpretation itself can be fine-tuned extra delicately, utilizing a variety of varieties of 'representations' mediating among linguistic goods and semantic fact. as well as some of these refinements of the semantic layout, descriptive insurance has prolonged considerably.

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Interrogative Phrases and the Syntax-Semantics Interface by I. Comorovski

By I. Comorovski

Interrogative words and the Syntax-Semantics Interface begins via studying the translation of interrogative words in unmarried and a number of constituent questions, together with their interpretation below adverbs of quantification. the implications are then placed to paintings in a unique method of a number of the constraints on dependencies among fronted interrogative words and the linked gaps: superiority, susceptible crossover, in addition to the so-called `weak islands' (the WH-island, the adverse island and the Factive Island). it truly is argued that the potential for fronting an interrogative word out of those configurations relies on a semantic/pragmatic on questions, which calls for them to be answerable. The research is labored out mostly on Romanian, a language which permits a number of wh-fronting. the consequences are then prolonged to English.
Audience: Researchers and scholars in syntax, semantics and their interface, in addition to linguists learning the relation among the acceptability of sentences and the bigger discourse context.

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Using Russian Synonyms by Terence Wade, Nijole White

By Terence Wade, Nijole White

Designed for college kids who've already constructed a simple competence in Russian, this e-book expands and improves their vocabulary. it's important as a consultant to discovering the best notice for the context since it offers specified details on teams of Russian phrases with comparable meanings, together with examples of utilization and English glosses. indexes enable clients to speedy find phrases in Russian or English. The ebook is an important reference for college kids in addition to academics of Russian and different specialist linguists.

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Pragmatic Meaning and Cognition by Sophia S. A. Marmaridou

By Sophia S. A. Marmaridou

This ebook offers an excellent assessment of philosophical and cognitive methods to language use and which means. A synthesis of such techniques ends up in a dynamic idea of pragmatic which means that is at the one hand grounded in cognition and encouraged by way of linguistic and cultural conference and, at the different, creates a framework for learning the interactive and social dimensions of the improvement of that means in linguistic verbal exchange. via an experientialist technique according to connectionist types, the writer indicates that through internalizing pragmatic which means humans turn into social brokers who reproduce, problem or switch their social parameters in the course of interaction.Pragmatic that means and Cognition is appropriate as a path booklet in Pragmatics and Semantics and of curiosity to these all for cognitive versions and dynamic and social elements of linguistic communique

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Living Words: Language, Lexicography and the Knowledge by Tom McArthur

By Tom McArthur

During this choice of articles, the writer displays at the nature of language, the paintings of lexicography and the advancements in verbal exchange, the media and knowledge know-how within the overdue twentieth century. the 3 major topics checked out are: language at huge, and particulary English, the main primary language within the background of the realm; the artwork and examine of dictionaries and reference technology, embracing all earlier, current and capability reference fabrics - from the "OED" to the "Yellow Pages"; and the methods in which conversation, details and data has evoloved - from cave artwork to the non-public laptop.

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Rigid Flexibility: The Logic of Intelligence by Pei Wang

By Pei Wang

This e-book presents the blueprint of a considering machine.While many of the present works in synthetic Intelligence (AI) concentrate on person features of intelligence and cognition, the venture defined during this publication, Non-Axiomatic Reasoning method (NARS), is designed and constructed to assault the AI challenge as a whole.This undertaking relies at the trust that what we name "intelligence" should be understood and reproduced as "the potential of a method to evolve to its surroundings whereas operating with inadequate wisdom and resources". in line with this concept, a unique reasoning process is designed, which demanding situations all of the dominating theories in how the sort of approach could be equipped. The method includes out reasoning, studying, categorizing, making plans, choice making, etc., as various aspects of an analogous underlying strategy. This conception additionally offers unified ideas to many difficulties in AI, common sense, psychology, and philosophy.This ebook is the main accomplished description of this decades-long venture, together with its philosophical beginning, methodological attention, conceptual layout info, its implications within the similar fields, in addition to its similarities and ameliorations to many similar works in cognitive sciences.

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