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ERIC Number: ED057596
Record Type: RIE
Publication Date: 1971-Nov-29
Reference Count: 0
On the Grammar and Model-Theoretic Semantics of Children's Noun Phrases.
The paper shows informally how model-theoretical semantics may be used by a computer to give a straight-forward analysis of the meaning of children's language. This approach to semantics grows out of the main thrust of work in mathematical logic. It is discussed in the framework of generative grammar and is based on the application of the mathematical concepts of "set" and "function" and the statistical concept of "probability" to grammar. The corpora used are the tape-recorded utterances of three children, age two, one French-speaking, one English-speaking, one Chinese-speaking. The relationship of adjectives to nouns in their noun phrases is analyzed to illustrate the methodology of this approach. (JK)
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Sponsor: National Science Foundation, Washington, DC.; Office of Naval Research, Washington, DC.
Authoring Institution: Stanford Univ., CA. Inst. for Mathematical Studies in Social Science.
Note: Psychology and Education Series