The Grammar as Science Project

The National Science Foundation supported Grammar As Science Project (GAS) was conducted at the State University of New York at Stony Brook from 1991-1995. This project was a joint venture by the Stony Brook Departments of Linguistics and Computer Science. The leading idea of GAS is that linguistics provides a uniquely effective medium for introducing students from a wide variety of academic backgrounds to the principles of scientific reasoning and method. The goal of GAS is to produce a series of educational tools for studying language in a scientific context. GAS materials include a text and an companion software application for syntax and linguistic semantics. Syntactica is the software application designed to accompanying the text Grammar as science. Currently under development is Semantics As Science, and its companion software tool Semantica.

The GAS emphasis on developing scientific reasoning skills has strongly guided the design of software tools. Our chief goal has been to produce applications that lift some of the calculative burden from the student, but leave fundamental intellectual decisions about how to analyze a given phenomenon squarely in the hands of the user. Some resouces:
GAS materials were developed in the Semantics Lab in the Department of Linguistics, SUNY - Stony Brook.

Contact Information:

Richard K. Larson
Department of Linguistics
SUNY at Stony Brook
Stony Brook, New York 11794-4376

This project was supported in part by the National Science Foundation

Questions and comments 5/7/96