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Language and Equilibrium$
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Prashant Parikh

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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Language and Equilibrium

Prashant Parikh

The MIT Press

Equilibrium semantics has been articulated as a theory that enables the computation of meaning, as an overarching framework that permits the construction of variant theories, and as a paradigm embodying the central idea and image of balance or equilibrium. The origins of the account in the four phenomena and corresponding ideas of reference, use, indeterminacy, and equilibrium has been demonstrated, and the concomitant unification of semantics and pragmatics, or the aufhebung of these traditional disciplines, has been achieved. This chapter discusses important aspects of the (P)SCIF constraints that have yet to be clarified; how equilibrium semantics would handle discourse; the semantics of formal languages; how we compute meaning and structure; and symbol systems and equilibrium.

Keywords:   equilibrium semantics, meaning, indeterminacy, semantics, pragmatics, SCIF constraints, discourse

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