Originally published in 1973, this book shows that methods developed for the semantics of systems of formal logic can be successfully applied to problems about the semantics of natural languages; and, moreover, that such methods can take account of features of natural language which have often been thought incapable of formal treatment, such as vagueness, context dependence and metaphorical meaning.
Parts 1 and 2 set out a class of formal languages and their semantics.
Parts 3 and 4 show that these formal languages are rich enought to be used in the precise description of natural languages.
Appendices describe some of the concepts discussed in the text.
- Format: Hardback
- Pages: 284 pages
- Publisher: Taylor & Francis Ltd
- Publication Date: 02/08/2016
- Category: Philosophy of language
- ISBN: 9781138686458
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