Elements of Formal Semantics
In formal semantics, a sentence's structure is treated as the essential ingredient in the creation of sentence meaning from individual word meaning. The approach synthesizes the scholarly traditions of logical language analysis with the exciting scientific findings of contemporary empirical linguistics. The study of formal semantic composition processes introduces new ways to understand language meaning, and in an accessible style, with ample examples and exercises, this volume reveals the beauty and elegance of the mathematical study of meaning. Designed as a quick yet thorough introduction to one of the most vibrant areas of research in modern linguistics today, this book is an essential companion for students and instructors of linguistics, logic, computational linguistics, Artificial Intelligence, and the philosophy of language. It also works as a quick introduction for general readers with advanced scientific backgrounds who hope to gain better access to the empirical study of "language meaning."