How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.
The Mathematics of Syntactic Structure: Trees and their Logics
This volume deals with descriptive complexity issues in linguistic theory formation. Starting from recent results on the transparent logical characterizations of context-free fragments of Generative Grammars it is a progress report on the attempts of meeting the challenge of providing controlled extensions of the formal apparatus which retain its agreable properties like decidability and transparency while admitting exactly the expressive power necessary for linguistic applications.