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
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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.
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Table of Contents
Preface to the 2008 edition
vii–viii
I. An Introduction to the Theory of Formal Languages and Automata
Preface I
I:v–I:vii
Table of contents I
I:ix–I:x
Chapter 1. Grammars as formal systems
I:1–I:8
Chapter 2. The hierarchy of grammars
I:9–I:34
Chapter 3. Probabilistic grammars
I:35–I:52
Chapter 4. Finite automata
I:53–I:74
Chapter 5. Push-down automata
I:75–I:90
Chapter 6. Linear-bounded automata
I:91–I:100
Chapter 7. Turing machines
I:101–I:114
Chapter 8. Grammatical inference
I:115–I:130
Historical and bibliographical remarks
I:131–I:134
Bibliography
I:135–I:138
Author index
I:139
Subject index
I:140–I:143
II. Applications in Linguistic Theory
Preface II
II:v–II:vi
Table of contents II
II:vii–II:viii
Chapter 1. Linguistics: Theory and interpretation
II:1–II:15
Chapter 2. Pure models: Phrase-Structure grammars
II:16–II:41
Chapter 3. Mixed models I: The Transformational Grammar in Aspects
II:42–II:89
Chapter 4. Mixed models II: Other Transformational Grammars
II:90–II:144
Chapter 5. The generative power of Transformational Grammars
II:145–II:157
Chapter 6. Statistical inference in linguistics
II:158–II:177
Historical and bibliographical remarks
II:178–II:181
Bibliography
II:182–II:188
Author index
II:189–II:190
Subject index
II:191–II:194
III. Psycholinguistics Applications
Preface III
III:v–III:vi
Table of contents III
III:vii–III:viii
Chapter 1. Grammars in the psychology of language: Three problems
III:1–III:13
Chapter 2. Grammars and linguistic intuitions
III:14–III:65
Chapter 3. Grammars in models of the language user
III:66–III:141
Chapter 4. Grammars and language acquisition
III:142–III:183
Historical and bibliographical remarks
III:184–III:185
Bibliography
III:186–III:198
Author index
III:199–III:201
Subject index
III:202–III:206
Postscript: What has become of formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics?
P.1–P.17
“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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Subjects
BIC Subject: CFK – Grammar, syntax
BISAC Subject: LAN009000 – LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General
U.S. Library of Congress Control Number:  2008046396