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27 of 29 people found the following review helpful
Not Just for Linguists Oct. 22 2001
By J. putnam - Published on
Format: Paperback
Mathematical Methods in Linquistics is far more about mathematical methods than about linguistics, although in many places linquistics is used as a source of examples.
Instead it covers such mathematical topics as sets (including infinite sets), relations, a good deal of mathematical logic,
automata (up to turing machines), the lambda calculus, lattices and more.
This would be an excellent book for an advanced undergraduate or graduate student in either mathematics or computer science to use
either as a review text, or as a study guide for further investigation.
10 of 12 people found the following review helpful
Comprehensive March 22 2007
By JDCA - Published on
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This book is well written and detailed. I found it particularly useful for my semantics course. It covers the necessary logic one need to do semantics. It also discuses type theory and the lambda calculus. This book is a great complement to any semantics text.
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Extremely good. Jan. 27 2010
By E. Ebrahim - Published on
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This book is incredible. It's a great introduction to axiomatic set theory at the beginning, and it does a great introduction to model theory. I haven't gotten to the linguistics part of it yet, but it covers math and logic in an extremely effective way.
2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
Clear introduction to Linguistics for Math people Aug. 17 2013
By Danny Kerdine - Published on
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This is a lovely book that starts in the foundations of mathematics and ends with formal and natural language theory. It can be followed by anyone who wants to spend the time and think about the concepts and do the exercises - which all have solutions in the back of the book. The examples are straight forward and every word can be taken as Hoyle.

Those with a math background will find the first half a delightful review of concepts they have seen in various courses, like abstract algebra and set theory, but with a slightly different twist, one that is more foundational and language theoretic than the standard math treatments.

It would serve well for a course in Linguistics for math majors or conversely as a course in formal languages and Mathematics for language majors.

The ideas presented are timeless so don't let the early publication date lead you astray. There cannot be any better, more current treatment available.
Great exploration for furthering applications of symoblic logical reasoning in linguisitcs. July 27 2014
By Tri D. Atran - Published on
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Having "How To Prove It, a Structured Approach," by Daniel J. Velleman Second print at hand and doing this book in conjunction, the Partee book is an application worth getting.