Does the Sentence Exist? Do We Need It?

  • P. J. Henrichsen
Part of the Philosophical Studies Series book series (PSSP, volume 72)


In this paper I’ll demonstrate how a formal grammar can be set up without explicit reference to problematic entities like ‘sentences’ and ‘syntax trees’; instead, the basic unit is taken to be the never-ending discourse itself. The project is nicknamed Semicolon Grammar (;G).


Information State Syntactic Category Syntax Tree Categorial Grammar Discourse Referent 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • P. J. Henrichsen
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  1. 1.Institute of General and Applied Linguistics (IAAS)University of CopenhagenDenmark

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