Jump to ContentJump to Main Navigation
Language and Equilibrium - MIT Press Scholarship Online
Users without a subscription are not able to see the full content.

Language and Equilibrium

Prashant Parikh


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


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Prashant Parikh, author