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Formal Linguistics and the Deductive Grammar

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Yingxu Wang ; International Center for Cognitive Informatics (ICfCI), Theoretical and Empirical Software Engineering Research Centre, Dept. of Electrical and Computer Engineering, Schulich Schools of Engineering, University of Calgary, 2500 University Drive, NW, Calgary, Alberta, Canada T2N 1N4, Tel: (403) 220 6141, Fax: (403) 282 6855, Email:

This paper presents a comparative study on fundamental theories of natural and artificial languages by contrasting their morphologies, syntaxes, semantics, and grammars. Formal syntaxes and semantics of natural languages are analyzed. The abstract syntaxes of English and their formal manipulations are described. A universal language processing model and the deductive grammar of English are developed toward the formalization of the universal grammar proposed in linguistics. Comparative analyses of natural and programming languages, as well as the linguistic perception on software engineering, are discussed. A wide range of applications of the deductive grammar of English have been explored in language acquisition, comprehension, generation, and processing in intelligent systems and cognitive informatics.

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6th IEEE International Conference on Cognitive Informatics

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6-8 Aug. 2007