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The Logic of Language: Language From Within Volume II

Pieter A. M. Seuren


The Logic of Language opens a new perspective on logic. Seuren first argues that the logic of language derives from the lexical meanings of the logical operators. These meanings, however, prove not to be consistent. To solve this problem, the author distinguishes between a default ‘basic‐natural’ and two nondefault ‘strict‐natural’ versions of natural predicate logic, all different from standard modern logic. Basic‐natural logic is shown to derive from an ontology of entities and properties, combined with a basic‐natural set theory, reflecting the way humans deal cognitively with ... More

Keywords: logic, entailment, standard modern predicate logic, existential import, context‐sensitivity, textual coherence, incrementation procedure, donkey anaphora, primary anaphora, discourse‐anchoring, presupposition, topic

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2009 Print ISBN-13: 9780199559480
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: February 2010 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199559480.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Pieter A. M. Seuren, author
Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics
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