[FOM] Logic and Linguistics

John Baldwin jbaldwin at uic.edu
Sun Apr 1 20:00:33 EDT 2007

On the one hand it is a common place to regard first order logic as 
developed in a `formal language'.  On the other hand, some `Chomskian' 
positions claim (e.g. Devlin, The Math Gene page 157)  that phase 
structure grammars give an underlying structure for all natural languages.

First order logic is often thougt of as expressing a very specific subset 
of  what natural language expresses. (a collection of declarative 

Can one analyze first order logic in terms of phase structure grammars. 
If so, does someone have a reference.  If I am mixing apples and oranges 
perhaps someone can explain which is which.

John T. Baldwin
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