Fuzzy Grammar: A Reader

Paperback | May 26, 2004

EditorBas Aarts, David Denison, Evelien Keizer

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This book brings together classic and recent papers in the philosophical and linguistic analysis of fuzzy grammar, gradience in meaning, word classes, and syntax. Issues such as how many grains make a heap, when a puddle becomes a pond, and so forth, have occupied thinkers since Aristotle andover the last two decades been the subject of increasing interest among linguists as well as in fields such as artificial intelligence and computational linguistics. The work is designed to be of use to students in all these fields. It has a substantial introduction, is divided into thematic parts,contains annotated sections of further reading, and is fully indexed.

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This book brings together classic and recent papers in the philosophical and linguistic analysis of fuzzy grammar, gradience in meaning, word classes, and syntax. Issues such as how many grains make a heap, when a puddle becomes a pond, and so forth, have occupied thinkers since Aristotle andover the last two decades been the subject o...

Bas Aarts is Reader in Modern English Language and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. He has held visiting appointments at a number of universities, and is currently working on a monograph on linguistic gradience. His other publications include Small Clauses in English: the Nonverbal Types (Mouton de...

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Format:PaperbackDimensions:536 pages, 9.69 × 6.73 × 1.07 inPublished:May 26, 2004Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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PrefaceIntroductionFuzzy Grammar: the nature of grammatical categories and their representationPart 1Philosophical background1. Aristotle: Aristotle on the categories2. Gottlob Frege: Frege on concepts3. Bertrand Russell: Vagueness4. Ludwig Wittgenstein: Family resemblances5. Rosanna Keefe: The phenomena of vaguenessPart 2Categories in cognition6. William Labov: The boundaries of words and their meanings7. Eleanor Rosch: Principles of categorization8. Ray Jackendoff: Jackendoff on categorisation, fuzziness and family resemblances9. Ronald W. Langacker: Discreteness10. George Lakoff: The importance of categorisationPart 3Categories in grammar11. Otto Jespersen: Jespersen on the parts of speech12. David Crystal: English word classes13. John Lyons: A notional approach to the parts of speech14. John M. Anderson: Syntactic categories and notional features15. Ronald W. Langacker: Bounded regions16. Paul Hopper and Sandra Thompson: The discourse basis for lexical categories in Universal Grammar17. John Taylor: Grammatical categoriesPart 4Gradience in grammar18. Dwight Bolinger: Bolinger on gradience19. Noam Chomsky: Degrees of grammaticalness20. Randolph Quirk: Descriptive statement and serial relationship21. J. V. Neustupny: On the analysis of linguistic vagueness22. John Robert Ross: Nouniness23. Randolph Quirk, Sidney Greenbaum, Geoffrey Leech and Jan Svartvik: The coordination-subordination gradient24. Carson T. Schutze: The nature of graded judgmentsPart 5Criticisms and responses25. Martin Joos: Description of language design26. Anna Wierzbicka: Prototypes save27. Denis Bouchard: Fuzziness and categorization28. Frederick J. Newmeyer: The discrete nature of syntactic categories: against a prototype-based account