Formal Grammars in Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
Volume 1: An Introduction to the Theory of Formal Languages and Automata, Volume 2: Applications in Linguistic Theory, Volume 3: Psycholinguistic Applications
Almost four decades have passed since Formal Grammars first appeared in 1974. At that time it was still possible to rather comprehensively review for (psycho)linguists the relevant literature on the theory of formal languages and automata, on their applications in linguistic theory and in the psychology of language. That is no longer feasible. In all three areas developments have been substantial, if not breathtaking. Nowadays, an interested linguist or psycholinguist opening any text on formal languages can no longer see the wood for the trees, as it is by no means evident which formal, mathematical tools are really required for natural language applications. An historical perspective can be helpful here. There are paths through the wood that have been beaten since decades; they can still provide useful orientation. The origins of these paths can be traced in the three volumes of Formal Grammars, brought together in the present reedition. In a newly added postscript the author has sketched what has become, after all these years, of formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics, or at least some of the core developments. This chapter may provide further motivation for the reader to make a trip back to some of the historical sources.
[Not in series, 144] 2008. viii, 585 pp.
Publishing status: Available
Published online on 12 April 2011
Published online on 12 April 2011
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Table of Contents

Preface to the 2008 edition  pp. vii–viii

I. An Introduction to the Theory of Formal Languages and Automata

Preface I  pp. I:v–I:vii

Table of contents I  pp. I:ix–I:x

Chapter 1. Grammars as formal systems  pp. I:1–I:8

Chapter 2. The hierarchy of grammars  pp. I:9–I:34

Chapter 3. Probabilistic grammars  pp. I:35–I:52

Chapter 4. Finite automata  pp. I:53–I:74

Chapter 5. Pushdown automata  pp. I:75–I:90

Chapter 6. Linearbounded automata  pp. I:91–I:100

Chapter 7. Turing machines  pp. I:101–I:114

Chapter 8. Grammatical inference  pp. I:115–I:130

Historical and bibliographical remarks  pp. I:131–I:134

Bibliography  pp. I:135–I:138

Author index  p. I:139

Subject index  pp. I:140–I:143

II. Applications in Linguistic Theory

Preface II  pp. II:v–II:vi

Table of contents II  pp. II:vii–II:viii

Chapter 1. Linguistics: Theory and interpretation  pp. II:1–II:15

Chapter 2. Pure models: PhraseStructure grammars  pp. II:16–II:41

Chapter 3. Mixed models I: The Transformational Grammar in Aspects  pp. II:42–II:89

Chapter 4. Mixed models II: Other Transformational Grammars  pp. II:90–II:144

Chapter 5. The generative power of Transformational Grammars  pp. II:145–II:157

Chapter 6. Statistical inference in linguistics  pp. II:158–II:177

Historical and bibliographical remarks  pp. II:178–II:181

Bibliography  pp. II:182–II:188

Author index  pp. II:189–II:190

Subject index  pp. II:191–II:194

III. Psycholinguistics Applications

Preface III  pp. III:v–III:vi

Table of contents III  pp. III:vii–III:viii

Chapter 1. Grammars in the psychology of language: Three problems  pp. III:1–III:13

Chapter 2. Grammars and linguistic intuitions  pp. III:14–III:65

Chapter 3. Grammars in models of the language user  pp. III:66–III:141

Chapter 4. Grammars and language acquisition  pp. III:142–III:183



Author index  pp. III:199–III:201

Subject index  pp. III:202–III:206

Postscript: What has become of formal grammars in linguistics and psycholinguistics?  pp. P.1–P.17
“Vol. 1 and certain chapters of Vols. 2 and 3 (particular the postscript) together comprise a wonderful resource for linguistics students, especially those interested in syntax and semantics, and students from computer science interested in computational linguistics (also called natural language processing). This book will surely help to revive the strong connections between these two disciplines, which have been on the wane since the mid1990s.”
Aravind K. Joshi, University of Pennsylvania, in Language, Vol. 87, Number 2 (2011)
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Subjects
Main BIC Subject
CFK: Grammar, syntax
Main BISAC Subject
LAN009000: LANGUAGE ARTS & DISCIPLINES / Linguistics / General