Formal Grammars in Linguistics and Psycholinguistics

Volume 1: An Introduction to the Theory of Formal Languages and Automata, Volume 2: Applications in Linguistic Theory, Volume 3: Psycholinguistic Applications

| Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics, Nijmegen
ISBN 9789027232519 | EUR 140.00 | USD 210.00
ISBN 9789027290069 | EUR 140.00 | USD 210.00
Almost four decades have passed since Formal Grammars first appeared in 1974. At that time it was still possible to rather comprehensively review for (psycho)linguists the relevant literature on the theory of formal languages and automata, on their applications in linguistic theory and in the psychology of language. That is no longer feasible. In all three areas developments have been substantial, if not breathtaking. Nowadays, an interested linguist or psycholinguist opening any text on formal languages can no longer see the wood for the trees, as it is by no means evident which formal, mathematical tools are really required for natural language applications. An historical perspective can be helpful here. There are paths through the wood that have been beaten since decades; they can still provide useful orientation. The origins of these paths can be traced in the three volumes of Formal Grammars, brought together in the present re-edition. In a newly added postscript the author has sketched what has become, after all these years, of formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics, or at least some of the core developments. This chapter may provide further motivation for the reader to make a trip back to some of the historical sources.
[Not in series, 144]  2008.  viii, 585 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Table of Contents
Preface to the 2008 edition
I. An Introduction to the Theory of Formal Languages and Automata
Preface I
Table of contents I
Chapter 1. Grammars as formal systems
Chapter 2. The hierarchy of grammars
Chapter 3. Probabilistic grammars
Chapter 4. Finite automata
Chapter 5. Push-down automata
Chapter 6. Linear-bounded automata
Chapter 7. Turing machines
Chapter 8. Grammatical inference
Historical and bibliographical remarks
Author index
Subject index
II. Applications in Linguistic Theory
Preface II
Table of contents II
Chapter 1. Linguistics: Theory and interpretation
Chapter 2. Pure models: Phrase-Structure grammars
Chapter 3. Mixed models I: The Transformational Grammar in Aspects
Chapter 4. Mixed models II: Other Transformational Grammars
Chapter 5. The generative power of Transformational Grammars
Chapter 6. Statistical inference in linguistics
Historical and bibliographical remarks
Author index
Subject index
III. Psycholinguistics Applications
Preface III
Table of contents III
Chapter 1. Grammars in the psychology of language: Three problems
Chapter 2. Grammars and linguistic intuitions
Chapter 3. Grammars in models of the language user
Chapter 4. Grammars and language acquisition
Historical and bibliographical remarks
Author index
Subject index
Postscript: What has become of formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics?
“Vol. 1 and certain chapters of Vols. 2 and 3 (particular the postscript) together comprise a wonderful resource for linguistics students, especially those interested in syntax and semantics, and students from computer science interested in computational linguistics (also called natural language processing). This book will surely help to revive the strong connections between these two disciplines, which have been on the wane since the mid-1990s.”
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BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
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