Journal of Logic, Language and Information

, Volume 17, Issue 2, pp 141–160 | Cite as

Pregroup Grammars and Chomsky’s Earliest Examples



Pregroups are partially ordered monoids in which each element has two “adjoints”. Pregroup grammars provide a computational approach to natural languages by assigning to each word in the mental dictionary a type, namely an element of the pregroup freely generated by a partially ordered set of basic types. In this expository article, the attempt is made to introduce linguists to a pregroup grammar of English by looking at Chomsky’s earliest examples.


Computational linguistics Categorial grammars Pregroup grammars 


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of MathematicsMcGill UniversityMontrealCanada

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