Handbook of Logic and Language

Handbook of Logic and Language

2nd Edition - December 17, 2010

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  • Editors: Johan van Benthem, Alice ter Meulen
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537270
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444602251

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The logical study of language is becoming more interdisciplinary, playing a role in fields such as computer science, artificial intelligence, cognitive science and game theory. This new edition, written by the leading experts in the field, presents an overview of the latest developments at the interface of logic and linguistics as well as a historical perspective. It is divided into three parts covering Frameworks, General Topics and Descriptive Themes.

Key Features

  • Completely revised and updated - includes over 25% new material
  • Discusses the interface between logic and language
  • Many of the authors are creators or active developers of the theories


Researchers working in linguistics, logic, discrete mathematics and computer science

Table of Contents

  • Preface

    Part 1 Frameworks
    1. Montague Grammar,
    B. Partee and H. Hendriks
    2. Categorial Type Logics
    M. Moortgat
    3. Discourse Representation in Context
    H. Kamp & J. van Eijck
    4.1 Situation Theory
    J. Seligman, L. Moss
    4.2 Situations, Constraints and Channels
    E. Mares, J. Seligman, G. Restall
    5.1 GB Theory: An Introduction
    J. Higginbotham
    5.2 After Government and Binding Theory
    E. Stabler
    6.1 Game-Theoretical Semantics
    J. Hintikka and G. Sandu
    6.2 Game-Theoretical Pragmatics
    J. G. Jäger

    Part 2 General Topics
    7. Compositionality
    B. Partee & Th. Janssen
    8. Types
    R. Turner
    9.1 Dynamics
    R. Muskens, J. van Benthem, and A. Visser
    9.2 Dynamic Epistemic Logic
    B. Kooi
    10. Partiality
    J-E. Fenstad
    11.1 Formal Learning Theory
    D. Osherson, D. de Jongh, E. Martin, S. Weinstein
    11.2 Computational Language Learning
    M. van Zaanen, C. de la Higuera
    12.1 Non-monotonicity in Linguistics
    R. Thomason
    12.2 Non-monotonic Reasoning in Interpretation
    R. van Rooij, K. Schulz

    Part 3 Descriptive Topics
    13.1 Generalized Quantifiers
    E. Keenan, D. Westerståhl
    13.2 On the Learnability of Quantifiers
    R. Clark
    14.1 Temporality
    M. Steedman
    14.2 Tense, Aspect, and Temporal Representation
    H. Verkuyl
    15.1 Plurals and Collectives
    J. Lønning
    15.2 Plural Discourse Reference
    A. Brasoveanu
    16.1 Questions
    J. Groenendijk, M. Stokhof
    16.2 Questions: Logic and Interactions
    J. Ginzburg

Product details

  • No. of pages: 1168
  • Language: English
  • Copyright: © Elsevier 2010
  • Published: December 17, 2010
  • Imprint: Elsevier
  • eBook ISBN: 9780444537270
  • Paperback ISBN: 9780444602251

About the Editors

Johan van Benthem

Affiliations and Expertise

Institute for Logic, Language & Computation, University of Amsterdam, The Netherlands

Alice ter Meulen

Affiliations and Expertise

University of Geneva, Switzerland

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  • Thomas G. Thu Jul 11 2019

    Logic and language . originally in 1986. perhaps by a different author

    My Philosophy course, entitled Logic and Language, was a true eye-opener for me. The textbook's title escapes me. But the principles have remained. The "required reading" for the course was a book that introduced us to Olaf and Ophilia. (just simple non-descript characters we will come to know). By the end of that course, I could (pretty much) fill in all the silly questions life could throw my way. I GIVE IT A MUST READ for anyone running for any political office. ...and I don't know the title of the original textbook.