Formal semantics: an introduction

Ronnie Cann

Research output: Book/ReportBook

Abstract / Description of output

"This book provides a clear and accessible introduction to formal, and especially Montague, semantics within a linguistic framework. It presupposes no previous background in logic, but takes the student step-by-step from simple predicate/argument structures and their interpretation through to Montague's intensional logic. It covers all the major aspects, including set theory, propositional logic, type theory, lambda abstraction, traditional and generalised quantifiers, inference, tense and aspect, possible worlds semantics, and intensionality. Throughout the emphasis is on the use of logical tools for linguistic semantics, rather than on purely logical topics, and the introductory chapter situates formal semantics within the general framework of linguistic semantics. It assumes some basic knowledge of linguistics, but aims to be as non-technical as possible within a technical subject. Formal semantics will be welcomed by students of linguistics, artificial intelligence and cognitive science alike."--Jacket
Original languageEnglish
Place of PublicationCambridge
PublisherCambridge University Press
Number of pages344
ISBN (Print)0512376106, 0521374634, 9780521374637, 9780521376105, 0521376106
Publication statusPublished - 1993

Publication series

NameCambridge textbooks in linguistics

Keywords / Materials (for Non-textual outputs)

  • Sémantique (Philosophie)
  • Sémantique
  • Formale Semantik
  • Semantics (Philosophy)
  • Analyse du discours
  • Semántica (Filosofía)
  • Formele semantiek
  • Langage et logique
  • Semantica
  • Semantics


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