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Fuzzy Grammar is designed to be of use to scholars and students in linguistics, philosophy, artificial intelligence, cognitive science, and computational linguistics. It is fully indexed.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780199262564
  • Publisher: Oxford University Press, USA
  • Publication date: 6/28/2004
  • Pages: 536
  • Product dimensions: 9.70 (w) x 6.80 (h) x 1.30 (d)

Meet the Author

Bas Aarts is Reader in Modern English Language and Director of the Survey of English Usage at University College London. He has held visiting appointments at a number of universities, and is currently working on a monograph on linguistic gradience. His other publications include Small Clauses in English: the Nonverbal Types (Mouton de Gruyter 1992), The Verb in Contemporary English (Cambridge University Press 1995, edited with Charles F. Meyer), English Syntax and Argumentation (Palgrave Macmillan 1997/2001), Investigating Natural Language: Working with the British Component of the International Corpus of English (John Benjamins 2002, with Gerald Nelson and Sean Wallis) and The Handbook of English Linguistics (Blackwell forthcoming, edited with April McMahon). Aarts is one of the founding editors of the journal English Language and Linguistics (with David Denison and Richard Hogg). David Denison is Professor of English Linguistics at the University of Manchester and has held visiting appointments in Amsterdam, Vancouver, and Santiago. He has published widely on historical English syntax and semantics, notably English Historical Syntax (Longman 1993) and a major chapter in the Cambridge History of the English Language (Cambridge University Press 1998). He has been joint editor of the Longman Linguistics Library and is (with Bas Aarts and Richard Hogg) a founding editor of the journal English Language and Linguistics. Evelien Keizer obtained her PhD in English Linguistics at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam. Since then she has worked mainly on the noun phrase, both in Dutch and in English. She currently lectures at the Vrije Universiteit Amsterdam, and is writing a monograph on the structural, cognitive and communicative aspects of the English noun phrase. Gergana Popova is currently working on a PhD at the Department of Language and Linguistics, University of Essex. Previously she held a position as a Lecturer in English Linguistics at the Department of English and American Studies, University of Sofia. Her research interests are in the areas of morphology and semantics.

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Table of Contents

Preface
Introduction: The Nature of Grammatical Categories and their Representation 1
Pt. I Philosophical Background 29
1 Categories 31
2 Concepts 33
3 Vagueness 35
4 Family Resemblances 41
5 The Phenomena of Vagueness 45
Pt. II Categories in Cognition 65
6 The Boundaries of Words and their Meanings 67
7 Principles of Categorization 91
8 Categorizaton, Fuzziness, and Family Resemblances 109
9 Discreteness 131
10 The Importance of Categorization 139
Pt. III Categories in Grammar 179
11 Parts of Speech 181
12 English Word Classes 191
13 A Notional Approach to the Parts of Speech 213
14 Syntactic Categories and Notional Features 225
15 Bounded Regions 239
16 The Discourse Basis for Lexical Categories in Universal Grammar 247
17 Grammatical Categories 293
Pt. IV Gradience in Grammar 309
18 Gradience 311
19 Degrees of Grammaticalness 321
20 Descriptive Statement and Serial Relationship 327
21 On the Analysis of Linguistic Vagueness 341
22 Nouniness 351
23 The Coordination-Subordination Gradient 423
24 The Nature of Graded Judgments 431
Pt. V Criticisms and Responses 447
25 Description of Language Design 449
26 'Prototypes Save' 461
27 Fuzziness and Categorization 479
28 The Discrete Nature of Syntactic Categories: Against a Prototype-based Account 487
Subject Index 511
Author Index 519
Language Index 525
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