Accession Number:

AD0748607

Title:

Lakoff on Linguistics and Natural Logic

Descriptive Note:

Corporate Author:

STANFORD UNIV CA DEPT OF COMPUTER SCIENCE

Personal Author(s):

Report Date:

1972-06-01

Pagination or Media Count:

22.0

Abstract:

The paper examines and criticises Lakoffs notions of a natural logic and of a generative semantics described in terms of logic, the author argues that the relationship of these notions to logic as normally understood is unclear, but one author suggests, in the course of the paper, a number of possible interpretations of his thesis of generative semantics. The author argues further that on these interpretations the thesis of Generative Semantics is false, unless it be taken as a mere notational variant of Chomskyan theory. The author argues, too, that Lakoffs work may provide a service in that it constitutes a reduction ad absurdum of the derivational paradigm of modern linguistics and shows, inadvertently, that only a system with the ability to reconsider its own inferences can do the job that Lakoff sets up for linguistic enquiry----that is to say, only an artificial intelligence system.

Subject Categories:

  • Linguistics
  • Theoretical Mathematics

Distribution Statement:

APPROVED FOR PUBLIC RELEASE