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The Chomsky hierarchy in perspective

Pieter A. M. Seuren

in From Whorf to Montague: Explorations in the Theory of Language

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199682195
eISBN:
9780191764929
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682195.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This chapter discusses the so-called Chomsky hierarchy of grammars, which is based on the presupposition that natural language grammars are algorithmic production systems classified according to the ... More


Computational Homology

Sergio Balari and Guillermo Lorenzo

in Computational Phenotypes: Towards an Evolutionary Developmental Biolinguistics

Published in print:
2012
Published Online:
January 2013
ISBN:
9780199665464
eISBN:
9780191746116
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199665464.003.0005
Subject:
Linguistics, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics, Historical Linguistics

This chapter justifies a “computational level” of biological analysis and present the concepts of “computational homology” and “computype,” which pave the way to their thesis that FL can be ... More


Computational complexity in the brain

Cristiano Chesi and Andrea Moro

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0013
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter has two goals. First, it discusses how formal grammars and equivalent automata can be used to formulate explicit metrics measuring the degree of complexity of natural languages. Second, ... More


The complexity of narrow syntax: Minimalism, representational economy, and simplest Merge

Andreas Trotzke and Jan-Wouter Zwart

in Measuring Grammatical Complexity

Published in print:
2014
Published Online:
December 2014
ISBN:
9780199685301
eISBN:
9780191765476
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199685301.003.0007
Subject:
Linguistics, Syntax and Morphology, Psycholinguistics / Neurolinguistics / Cognitive Linguistics

This chapter considers the question of formal complexity measurement within linguistic minimalism and argues that the minimalist approach to complexity of derivations and representations shows ... More


From Whorf to Montague: Explorations in the Theory of Language

Pieter A. M. Seuren

Published in print:
2013
Published Online:
January 2014
ISBN:
9780199682195
eISBN:
9780191764929
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199682195.001.0001
Subject:
Linguistics, Historical Linguistics, Semantics and Pragmatics

This book offers a critical view of a gamut of approaches to natural language, ranging from Whorfianism, via Relativism, both widespread in anthropological linguistics, to logic-based Possible World ... More


Logic and Knowledge: The Babel Fallacy

Andrew Steane

in Science and Humanity: A Humane Philosophy of Science and Religion

Published in print:
2018
Published Online:
July 2018
ISBN:
9780198824589
eISBN:
9780191863370
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/oso/9780198824589.003.0005
Subject:
Physics, History of Physics

An error of logic is described, and dubbed the Babel Fallacy. This is the fallacy of claiming that one already knows that a given low-level language is adequate to support the expression of a given ... More


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