Linguistic Systems

  • Ben Goertzel
Part of the International Federation for Systems Research International Series on Systems Science and Engineering book series (IFSR, volume 9)


Alfred Tarski, who pioneered the mathematical semantics of formal languages (Tarski, 1935), adamantly maintained the impossibility of a mathematical semantics of natural language. But nevertheless, his work spawned a minor intellectual industry in the analysis of natural languages using formal semantics. In this chapter I will add a new twist to this research programme — I will give a mathematical analysis of language and meaning from a pattern-theoretic rather than formal-logical angle, with an emphasis on the fundamentally systemic nature of language.


Boolean Logic Syntactic Category Semantic System Syntactic Rule Grammatical Rule 
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© Springer Science+Business Media New York 1994

Authors and Affiliations

  • Ben Goertzel
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  1. 1.University of WaikatoHamiltonNew Zealand

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