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Title: The Syntactic Process
Written By: Mark Steedman
URL: http://mitpress.mit.edu/promotions/books/STE1SHF99
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In this book Mark Steedman argues that the surface syntax of natural languages maps spoken and written forms directly to a compositional semantic representation that includes predicate-argument structure, quantification, and information structure without constructing any intervening structural representation. His purpose is to construct a principled theory of natural grammar that is directly compatible with both explanatory linguistic accounts of a number of problematic syntactic phenomena and a straightforward computational account of the way sentences are mapped onto representations of meaning. The radical nature of Steedman's proposal stems from his claim that much of the apparent complexity of syntax, prosody, and processing follows from the lexical specification of the grammar and from the involvement of a small number of universal rule-types for combining predicates and arguments. The book covers topics in formal linguistics, intonational phonology, computational linguistics, and experimental psycholinguistics, presenting them as an integrated theory of the language faculty in a form accessible to readers from any of those fields.

Publication Year: 2000
Publisher: MIT Press
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
Syntax
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 0262194201
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 328 p
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