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The Syntax and Semantics of Two Simple Languages

  • David R. Dowty
  • Robert E. Wall
  • Stanley Peters
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Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 11)

Abstract

We begin by considering a very simple language, which anyone familiar with symbolic logic will recognize as essentially the propositional calculus with propositions analyzed into predicates and arguments. Truth-conditional semantics was first developed in connection with logical languages, and it is instructive to look at such cases to understand the motivations for certain features that may appear peculiar in the context of natural languages.

Keywords

Basic Expression Lexical Item Deductive System Syntactic Category Semantic Rule 
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© Kluwer Academic Publishers, Dordrecht, The Netherlands 1981

Authors and Affiliations

  • David R. Dowty
    • 1
  • Robert E. Wall
    • 2
  • Stanley Peters
    • 3
  1. 1.Dept. of LinguisticsOhio State UniversityColumbusUSA
  2. 2.Dept. of LinguisticsUniversity of Texas at AustinUSA
  3. 3.CSLIStanfordUSA

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