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Inessential features and expressive power of descriptive metalanguages

Geoffrey K. Pullum and Hans‐Jörg Tiede

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Published in print August 2010 | ISBN: 9780199577743
Published online September 2010 | e-ISBN: 9780191722844 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199577743.003.0011
 							Inessential features and expressive power of descriptive metalanguages

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Linguists feel intuitively that genuine features, those reflecting properties of natural language, are distinguishable from spurious ones – mere tricks exploiting feature machinery. Unfortunately, no such distinction is formally capturable, because eliminability of syntactic features in descriptions of sets of trees correlates with expressive power of the theoretical metalanguage assumed.

Keywords: logic; model theory; metalanguage; expressive power; eliminability; definability; modal operators; spurious features

Chapter.  8793 words. 

Subjects: Semantics

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