The Logic of Language: Language From Within Volume II

Hardcover | November 15, 2009

byPieter A. M. Seuren

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The Logic of Language opens a new perspective on logic. Pieter Seuren argues that the logic of language derives from the lexical meanings of the logical operators. These meanings, however, prove not to be consistent. Seuren solves this problem through an indepth analysis of the functionaladequacy of natural predicate logic and standard modern logic for natural linguistic interaction. He then develops a general theory of discourse-bound interpretation, covering discourse incrementation, anaphora, presupposition and topic-comment structure, all of which, the author claims, form the'cement' of discourse structure. This is the second of a two-volume foundational study of language, published under the title Language from Within. Pieter Seuren discusses such apparently diverse issues as the ontology underlying the semantics of language, speech act theory, intensionality phenomena, the machinery and ecology oflanguage, sentential and lexical meaning, the natural logic of language and cognition, and the intrinsically context-sensitive nature of language - and shows them to be intimately linked. Throughout his ambitious enterprise, he maintains a constant dialogue with established views, reflecting theirdevelopment from Ancient Greece to the present. The resulting synthesis concerns central aspects of research and theory in linguistics, philosophy and cognitive science.

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The Logic of Language opens a new perspective on logic. Pieter Seuren argues that the logic of language derives from the lexical meanings of the logical operators. These meanings, however, prove not to be consistent. Seuren solves this problem through an indepth analysis of the functionaladequacy of natural predicate logic and standard...

Pieter Seuren is a Research Fellow at the Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics in Nijmegen. He was a lecturer in linguistics first at Cambridge, then Oxford, before moving to the Radboud University in Nijmegen in 1974 as Professor of the Philosophy of Language. Here he remained until his retirement in 1999, having in 1995 change...

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Format:HardcoverDimensions:418 pages, 9.21 × 6.14 × 0.1 inPublished:November 15, 2009Publisher:Oxford University PressLanguage:English

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ISBN - 10:0199559481

ISBN - 13:9780199559480

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Table of Contents

1. Logic and Entailment2. Logic: a New Beginning3. Natural Set Theory, Cognition, and Natural Logic4. Logical Power, Abelard, and Empirical Success Rates5. Aristotle, the commentators and Abelard6. The Functionality of the Square and of BNPC7. The Context-Sensitivity of Speech and Language8. Discourse Incrementation9. Primary and Donkey Anaphora10. Presupposition and Presuppositional Logic11. Topic-Comment ModulationBibliographyIndex

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"This book collects the best work of one of the world's most original linguistic thinkers ... This is a book of real, enduring value." --Folia Linguistica