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Language and Equilibrium (MIT Press)

Language and Equilibrium (MIT Press)

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  • ISBN-13: 9780262013451
  • Publisher: The MIT Press
  • Release Date: Jan 15, 2010
  • Edition: New edition
  • Pages: 360 pages
  • Dimensions: 0.59 x 9.0 x 6.0 inches


In Language and Equilibrium, Prashant Parikh offers a new account of meaning for natural language. He argues that equilibrium, or balance among multiple interacting forces, is a key attribute of language and meaning and shows how to derive the meaning of an utterance from first principles by modeling it as a system of interdependent games.His account results in a novel view of semantics and pragmatics and describes how both may be integrated with syntax. It considers many aspects of meaning--including literal meaning and implicature--and advances a detailed theory of definite descriptions as an application of the framework.Language and Equilibrium is intended for a wide readership in the cognitive sciences, including philosophers, linguists, and artificial intelligence researchers as well as neuroscientists, psychologists, and economists interested in language and communication.

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