Formal and Natural Languages

What logic tells us about natural language 1

Authored by: Jacques Moeschler

The Routledge Handbook of Pragmatics

Print publication date:  January  2017
Online publication date:  January  2017

Print ISBN: 9780415531412
eBook ISBN: 9781315668925
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There is an old tradition in semantics and pragmatics calling for a sound relation between logic and natural language (NL). One classical issue is the possible meaning relation between logical connectives and NL connectives. Observations about the discrepancies between the syntactic and semantic behavior of logical connectives (especially negation, conjunction, disjunction, and conditional) have led to different proposals.

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