What is it about?

Information and linguistic meaning are very different from each other and yet they are related in some ways because linguistic meaning does convey information. This article shows how the information-theoretic approach can be fruitfully integrated with linguistic meaning, especially when we consider words, by showing how information conserves linguistic meaning. Thus, if a language has more words than another, it possesses greater ways of conserving linguistic meaning through the information encoded in words.

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Why is it important?

A great deal of research has been made in the context of information-based theories of language and yet we do not know how to reconcile aspects of linguistic meaning with information. This article shows one way, if not the only one, towards this goal.


I think anyone who worries about meaning-information relations may find a reason to look into what this article has to offer. I wrote this article, keeping this in mind.

Dr Prakash Mondal
Indian Institute of Technology Hyderabad

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This page is a summary of: How linguistic meaning harmonizes with information through meaning conservation, Pragmatics & Cognition, December 2019, John Benjamins, DOI: 10.1075/pc.18018.mon.
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