Linguistic Invariants and Language Variation


We illustrate a novel conception of linguistic invariant which applies to grammars of different natural languages even though they may use different categories and have difl'erent rules. We illustrate formally how semantically defined notions, such as "is an anaphor" may be invariant in all linguistically motivated grammars, and we show that individual morphemes, such as case markers, may be invariant in grammars that have them in exactly the same sense in which properties, such as "is a Verb Phrase" or relations such as "is a constituent of"



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On the compositional extension problem.Dag Westerståhl - 2004 - Journal of Philosophical Logic 33 (6):549-582.

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