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Title: The Logic of Language
Subtitle: Language from Within, Volume II
Written By: Pieter A. M. Seuren
Series Title: Language from Within

"The Logic of Language" opens a new perspective on logic. Pieter Seuren
argues that the language derives from the lexical meanings of the logical
operators. These meanings, however, prove not to be consistent. Seuren
solves this problem through an in-depth analysis of the functional adequacy
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 of language, 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 from Ancient Greece to
the present. The resulting synthesis concerns central aspects of research
and theory in linguistics, philosophy, and cognitive science.

Publication Year: 2009
Publisher: Oxford University Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Discourse Analysis
Philosophy of Language
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0199559481
ISBN-13: 9780199559480
Pages: 418
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