Paraphrase Grammars

  • Authors
  • Richard M. Smaby

Part of the Formal Linguistics Series book series (FLIS, volume 2)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages I-VIII
  2. Richard M. Smaby
    Pages 1-15
  3. Richard M. Smaby
    Pages 16-31
  4. Richard M. Smaby
    Pages 32-51
  5. Richard M. Smaby
    Pages 52-74
  6. Richard M. Smaby
    Pages 75-93
  7. Richard M. Smaby
    Pages 94-116
  8. Richard M. Smaby
    Pages 117-133
  9. Back Matter
    Pages 134-145

About this book


The recent rapid development of transformational grammars has incorpo­ rated some strong claims in the areas of semantics and co-occurrence. The earlier structuralists relied on a minimum of information about the meaning of strings of a language. They asked only if strings of sounds were different in meaning - or simply were different words or phrases. Current transfor­ mational grammars, on the other hand, set as their goal the production of exactly the meaningful strings of a language. Stated slightly differently, they wish to specify exactly which strings of a language can occur together (meaningfully) in a given order. The present book purports to show that transformational grammar is in­ dependent of the current trends in semantics. I claim that exciting and sophisticated transformational grammars are required for describing when strings of a language mean the same, that is, for describing when strings of a language are paraphrases of each other. This task can be quite naturally limited to a project of much weaker semantic claims than those which are current in transformational linguistics.


Index grammar language linguistics present semantics subject

Bibliographic information

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  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1971
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
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  • Print ISBN 978-94-010-3340-4
  • Online ISBN 978-94-010-3338-1
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