'Logical' Connectives in Natural Language: A First Questionnaire
Levinson, S. C.
'Logical' Connectives in Natural Language: A First Questionnaire. In D. Wilkins (Ed.
), Extensions of space and beyond: manual for field elicitation for the 1995 field season
(pp. 61-69). Nijmegen: Max Planck Institute for Psycholinguistics. doi:10.17617/2.3513476.
It has been hypothesised that human reasoning has a non-linguistic foundation, but is nevertheless influenced by the formal means available in a language. For example, Western logic is transparently related to European sentential connectives (e.g., and, if … then, or, not), some of which cannot be unambiguously expressed in other languages. The questionnaire explores reasoning tools and practices through investigating translation equivalents of English sentential connectives and collecting examples of “reasoned arguments”.