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Language and Equilibrium
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Language and Equilibrium

Prashant Parikh

Abstract

This book offers a new account of meaning for natural language. It 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. The author’s 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 fram ... More

Keywords: natural language, equilibrium, balance, multiple interacting forces, meaning, first principles, interdependent games, semantics, pragmatics, syntax

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2010 Print ISBN-13: 9780262013451
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262013451.001.0001

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Prashant Parikh, author

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