© 1981

Modelling Language Behaviour


Part of the Springer Series in Language and Communication book series (SSLAN, volume 10)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-XVI
  2. Rangaswamy Narasimhan
    Pages 1-26
  3. Rangaswamy Narasimhan
    Pages 27-55
  4. Rangaswamy Narasimhan
    Pages 56-82
  5. Rangaswamy Narasimhan
    Pages 83-113
  6. Rangaswamy Narasimhan
    Pages 114-149
  7. Rangaswamy Narasimhan
    Pages 150-175
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 176-217

About this book


This book studies language behaviour in the larger context of modelling or­ ganismic behaviour more generally. It starts out from the basic premise that what is characteristic of organismic behaviour is that an organism uses its behavioural acts to accomplish something in its interactions with the world in which it finds itself. These two features, that an organism has a behav­ ioural repertoire and that it deploys specific behavioural acts from its repertoire in an intentional way, define the agentive nature of an organism. The study of organismic behaviour, then, must primarily concern itself with this agentive aspect of an organism and determine what structures and proces­ ses underlie these intentional organismic acts. We should be able to say what primitive structures and what primitive processes put together in what ways can give rise to the kinds of behavioural acts an organism engages in. Any explanation of behaviour that we formulate in terms of underlying structures and processes must be testable and must be consonant with the observed pheno­ menological aspects of such behaviour.


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Authors and affiliations

  1. 1.Tata Institute of Fundamental ResearchNational Center for Software Development and Computing TechniquesBombayIndia

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Modelling Language Behaviour
  • Authors R. Narasimhan
  • Series Title Springer Series in Language and Communication
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 1981
  • Publisher Name Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-540-10513-8
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-642-67936-0
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-642-67934-6
  • Series ISSN 0172-620X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVI, 220
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Acoustics
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