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Language in Complexity

The Emerging Meaning

  • Francesco La Mantia
  • Ignazio Licata
  • Pietro Perconti

Part of the Lecture Notes in Morphogenesis book series (LECTMORPH)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxvi
  2. Complexity and Linguistic Theory: Epistemological Questions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. David Piotrowski, Y.-M. Visetti
      Pages 3-27
    3. Gilles Col, Rossana De Angelis, Thierry Poibeau
      Pages 29-48
    4. Quentin Feltgen, Benjamin Fagard, Jean-Pierre Nadal
      Pages 49-72
    5. Pietro Perconti
      Pages 73-79
  3. Complexity, Semiotics and Enunciation Theory

  4. Linguistic Complexity: Physics, Computation and Biology

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 141-141
    2. Andrea Zeppi
      Pages 155-168
    3. Alessio Plebe, Vivian M. De La Cruz
      Pages 169-199

About this book


This contributed volume explores the achievements gained and the remaining puzzling questions by applying   dynamical systems theory to the linguistic inquiry. In particular, the book is divided into three parts, each one addressing one of the following topics:
1) Facing complexity in the right way: mathematics and complexity
2) Complexity and theory of language
3) From empirical observation to formal models: investigation of specific linguistic phenomena, like enunciation, deixis, or the meaning of the metaphorical phrases
The application of complexity theory to describe cognitive phenomena is a recent and very promising trend in cognitive science. At the time when dynamical approaches triggered a paradigm shift in cognitive science some decade ago, the major topic of research were the challenges imposed by classical computational approaches dealing with the explanation of cognitive phenomena like consciousness, decision making and language.  The target audience primarily comprises researchers and experts in the field but the book may also be beneficial for graduate and post-graduate students who want to enter the field.


Cognitive Emergence Corpus Linguistics Grammaticalization of Discourse Markers Linguistic Complexity Morphodynamic Models Natural Language Processing Synoptic Tables Systematicity

Editors and affiliations

  • Francesco La Mantia
    • 1
  • Ignazio Licata
    • 2
  • Pietro Perconti
    • 3
  1. 1.Dipartimento di Scienze UmanisticheUniversità di Palermo Dipartimento di Scienze UmanistichePalermoItaly
  2. 2.Institute for Scientific Methodology ISEM c/o CNRPalermoItaly
  3. 3.Dipartimento di scienze CognitiveUniversità di Messina Dipartimento di scienze CognitiveMessinaItaly

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