Logics and Languages by M. J. Cresswell, Methuen &.Co.; New York, Barnes & Noble, · 1973. The idea that logic holds the key to a correct semantic theory for natural languages has a long history and varying fortunes. In recent years it has come strongly into fashion again and has been energetically supported by a growing number of writers, primarüy logicians and philosophers, but also some linguists. Many earlier objections which were based on the poverty of the resourcesof formal languages relative to the expressive power of natural languages, have been undermined by the developments of the semantic theory of formal languages since Tarski, including the recent advances in the semantics of modal logic and the development, within logic, of the theory of categorial languages. Some changes in linguistics have worked in the same direction. Transformational generative grammar established a distinction between deep and surface structure in linguistics, and within the Transformational Generative school, the 'Generative Semanticists' find themselves increasingly interested in using the categories of logic to characterize the base of their grammars. Putting all these developments together, one has a Situation in which the ancient doctrine has seemed less implausible even to some of the sceptical,
Journal of Literary Semantics – de Gruyter
Published: Jan 1, 1976
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