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Economics and Language

  • A. Rubinstein

This paper is the Schwartz Memorial Lecture, delivered at Kellogg, Northwestern University in May 1998. The lecture introduces some ideas about the possible use of tools taken from the economics literature to explain language phenomena. Two specific issues are discussed: From the domain of semantics -- why linear orderings are so common in natural language; and from the domain of pragmatics -- why arguments and counterarguments are treated asymmetrically.

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Paper provided by Economics Department, Princeton University in its series Princeton Economic Theory Papers with number 00s6.

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Date of creation: Aug 1999
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Handle: RePEc:wop:prinet:00s6
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