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Recursion: A Computational Investigation into the Representation and Processing of Language

David J. Lobina


This book provides a comprehensive account of the role of recursion in language in two distinct but interconnected ways. First, it examines how recursion applies at different levels within a full description of natural language. Specifically, it identifies and evaluates recursion as: a) a central property of the computational system underlying the faculty of language; b) a possible feature of the derivations yielded by this computational system; c) a global characteristic of the structures generated by the language faculty; and d) a probable factor in the parsing operations employed during the ... More

Keywords: recursion, recursive structure, faculty of language, mechanical procedure, computational system

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2017 Print ISBN-13: 9780198785156
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: July 2017 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780198785156.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

David J. Lobina, author
Juan de la Cierva Fellow in the LOGOS Research Group, Dept of Philosophy, University of Barcelona