Lectures on Interpreted Languages and Compositionality

This project began to take shape effectively with the Jadertina Summer School in Zadar 2006, organised by Damir ─ćavar. I presented a similar course in Budapest in January 2007. The basic idea is that when we think of language as being interpreted, that is, as being a set of pairs of exponents and meanings, a lot of formal language theory needs to be revised. The traditional top down approach in context free grammars, for example, is less suitable because of its inherent nondeterminism. Some intuitions that people have developed by looking at syntax turn out to be less fruitful when we move to interpreted languages. One example is adjunction.

1. Source

For the impatient: Download the most recent version. (269 Pages)

2. Slide Shows

Compositionality and Syntactic Structure. (MIT, October 2007)

The Combinatorics of Interpreted Languages (UCLA, November 2007)

3. Essential Reading

What to read if you do not want to read everything.

Marcus Kracht
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