The Formal Complexity of Natural Language / Edition 1

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' .. Savitch et al. have done an excellent job, both in their selections and in their commentaries, of giving a solid introduction to a sparsely cultivated but already complex field. They have also done much to foster the dissemination and the comprehension of formal complexity results in liguistics and to encourage accuracy and lucidity in the formulation, presentation, and interpretation of such results.'
A. Manaster-Ramer in Computational Linguistics, 14:4 (December 1988)
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781556080463
  • Publisher: Springer Netherlands
  • Publication date: 10/31/1987
  • Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy Series, #33
  • Edition description: 1987
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 452
  • Product dimensions: 6.14 (w) x 9.21 (h) x 1.06 (d)

Table of Contents

Prologue.- What is Mathematical Linguistics?.- I. Early Nontransformational Grammar.- to Part I.- Formal Linguistics and Formal Logic.- An Elementary Proof of the Peters-Ritchie Theorem.- On Constraining the Class of Transformational Languages.- Generative Grammars without Transformation Rules-A Defense of Phrase Structure.- A Program for Syntax.- II Modern Context-Free-Like Models.- to Part II.- Natural Languages and Context-Free Languages.- Unbounded Dependency and Coordinate Structure.- On Some Formal Properties of MetaRules.- Some Generalizations of Categorial Grammars.- III More than Context-Free and Less than Transformational Grammar.- to Part III.- Cross-serial Dependencies in Dutch.- Evidence Against the Context-Freeness of Natural Language.- English is not a Context-Free Language.- The Complexity of the Vocabulary of Bambara.- Context-Sensitive Grammar and Natural Language Syntax.- How Non-Context Free is Variable Binding?.- Prologue.- Computationally Relevant Properties of Natural Languages and Their Grammars.- Index of Languages.- Name Index.

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