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Logic and Linguistics

  • Gerald J. Massey
Part of the Synthese Library book series (SYLI, volume 149)

Abstract

The paths of logic and linguistics, long divergent, were reunited in 1957. The publication in that year of Chomsky’s Syntactic Structures ushered in a new and exciting era in linguistics. I Equipped with methods adequate to deal with the creative aspects of language, methods bequeathed to them by logicians, modern linguists attacked with zest problems whose outlines had been perceived by their forerunners centuries ago.2 In particular, the problem of logical form, the problem of accounting structurally for logical consequence relations among the sentences of a natural language, was soon restored to its place as one of the central problems of linguistics. With the restoration came new demands. Hitherto, grammarians could rest content with taxonomic descriptions of sentence structure; thereafter, they would be obliged to supply theoretical explanations.

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Natural Language Deep Structure Logical Theory Tense Logic Linguistic Intuition 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Gerald J. Massey
    • 1
  1. 1.University of PittsburghUSA

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