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Handbook of Logic and Language, Johan van Benthem and Alice ter Meulen, eds.



Journal of Logic, Language, and Information 9: 263­269, 2000. Handbook of Logic and Language, Johan van Benthem and Alice ter Meulen, eds., Amsterdam/ Cambridge, MA: Elsevier/The MIT Press, 1997. Price: $164.00, NLG 285.00 (hardback), xxiii + 1247 pages, ISBN: 0-444-81714-X. This long awaited book brings together various perspectives in contemporary research at the interface of logic and natural language. It is written and edited by the leading experts in the field, it is superbly cross referenced and it covers all major up to date developments along with excellent introductory material. The Handbook contains three parts "Frameworks," "General Topics," and "Descriptive Themes." As it impossible to faithfully describe the contents of the whole volume (which is well over 1200 pages), I will devote the main part of this review to the first and most general part of the book. Thus the focus of this review will be on frameworks and general paradigms that provide not only methodological diversity but also the "common ground" of researchers working in the area. The first part of the Handbook reflects the content of various general frameworks to the logical analysis of natural language. It contains six chapters characterized by the editors as non-ideological



"Journal of Logic, Language and Information"Springer Journals

Published: Apr 1, 2000

DOI: 10.1023/A:1008379422983

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