Principles of Pragmatics

  • Roland Hausser
Part of the Symbolic Computation book series (SYMBOLIC)

Abstract

After the formal definition of LA-grammar as a syntactic rule system in Part II, we return now to the topic briefly touched upon in Section 2.2 and Chapter 5, namely the functioning of natural language in communication. A theory of communication is especially important for our theory of grammar, because we explain the structure of natural language solely by the function of the signs in communication, and without any recourse to structures which are supposed to be “innate” and/or “universal.”

Keywords

Burning Beach Smoke Measle Metaphor 

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© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1989

Authors and Affiliations

  • Roland Hausser
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  1. 1.Laboratory for Computational LinguisticsCarnegie Mellon UniversityPittsburghUSA

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