Linguistics and natural logic

Synthese 22 (1-2):151 - 271 (1970)
Abstract
Evidence is presented to show that the role of a generative grammar of a natural language is not merely to generate the grammatical sentences of that language, but also to relate them to their logical forms. The notion of logical form is to be made sense of in terms a natural logic, a logical for natural language, whose goals are to express all concepts capable of being expressed in natural language, to characterize all the valid inferences that can be made in natural language, and to mesh with adequate linguistic descriptions of all natural languages. The latter requirement imposes empirical linguistic constraints on natural logic. A number of examples are discussed.
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David Sherry (1991). The Inconspicuous Role of Paraphrase. History and Philosophy of Logic 12 (2):151-166.

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