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Title: Formal Grammars in Linguistics and Psycholinguistics
Subtitle: Volume 1: An Introduction to the Theory of Formal Languages and Automata, Volume 2: Applications in Linguistic Theory, Volume 3: Psycholinguistic Applications
Written By: Willem J.M. Levelt

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
re-edition. 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.

Publication Year: 2008
Publisher: John Benjamins
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Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
Linguistic Theories
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Format: Hardback
ISBN-13: 9789027232519
Prices: Europe EURO 140.00
U.S. $ 210.00