Basic Concepts

  • Barbara H. Partee
  • Alice Ter Meulen
  • Robert E. Wall
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 30)


At one level of description, a natural language is simply a set of strings-finite sequences of words, morphemes, phonemes, or whatever. Not every possible sequence is in the language: we distinguish the grammatical strings from those that are ungrammatical. A grammar, then, is some explicit device for making this distinction; it is, in other words, a means for selecting a subset of strings, those that are grammatical, from the set of all possible strings formed from an initially given alphabet or vocabulary.


Noun Phrase Dominance Relation Precedence Relation Grammar Rule Empty String 
These keywords were added by machine and not by the authors. This process is experimental and the keywords may be updated as the learning algorithm improves.


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1993

Authors and Affiliations

  • Barbara H. Partee
    • 1
  • Alice Ter Meulen
    • 2
  • Robert E. Wall
    • 3
  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of MassachusettsAmherstUSA
  2. 2.Departments of Philosophy and LinguisticsIndiana UniversityBloomingtonUSA
  3. 3.Department of LinguisticsUniversity of TexasAustinUSA

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