Categorial Grammar

Glyn Morrill

in The Oxford Handbook of Linguistic Analysis

Second edition

Published in print February 2015 | ISBN: 9780199677078
Published online July 2015 | | DOI:

Series: Oxford Handbooks in Linguistics

Categorial Grammar

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Categorial grammar predates Syntactic Structures by two decades. Characterized by classification of expressions by recursively defined types, it is highly lexicalist or, as in the formulation pursued here, purely lexicalist. The chapter address continuity (concatenation) and discontinuity (interpoloation), categorial syntactic structures as proof nets, Curry-Howard type-logical semantics, and complexity and acceptability.

Keywords: categorial grammar; Lambek calculus; discontinuous Lambek calculus; Type Logical Grammar; categorial proof nets; Curry-Howard semantics; complexity and performance

Article.  3615 words. 

Subjects: Linguistics ; Grammar, Syntax and Morphology ; Semantics

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