Natural Logic

  • Johan Van Benthem
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 29)


One recurrent ‘underground’ ideal in semantics is the construction of a natural logic, being a system of reasoning based directly on linguistic form, rather than logical artefacts. Thus, the ideal division of labour would come about, with the logician borrowing the linguist’s grammatical analysis in his account of inference, without having to set up his own shop for producing ‘logical forms’. Some strands in this book tend in such a direction — and we shall examine the prospects for a natural logic in the light of the preceding chapters.


Natural Logic Relative Clause Categorial Grammar Syllogistic Reasoning Traditional Logic 
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© D. Reidel Publishing Company 1986

Authors and Affiliations

  • Johan Van Benthem
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  1. 1.Mathematics InstituteUniversity of AmsterdamThe Netherlands

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