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Title: Language and Equilibrium
Written By: Prashant Parikh
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/9780262013451
Description:

In "Language and Equilibrium", Prashant Parikh offers a new account of
meaning for natural language. He argues that equilibrium, or balance among
multiple interacting forces, is a key attribute of language and meaning and
shows how to derive the meaning of an utterance from first principles by
modeling it as a system of interdependent games.

His account results in a novel view of semantics and pragmatics and describes
how both may be integrated with syntax. It considers many aspects of meaning-
-including literal meaning and implicature--and advances a detailed theory of
definite descriptions as an application of the framework.

"Language and Equilibrium" is intended for a wide readership in the cognitive
sciences, including philosophers, linguists, and artificial intelligence researchers
as well as neuroscientists, psychologists, and economists interested in
language and communication.

Publication Year: 2010
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Linguistic Theories
Pragmatics
Semantics
Syntax
Cognitive Science
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ISBN: 0262013452
ISBN-13: 9780262013451
Pages: 360
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