Jeroen Groenendijk

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On the standard view, logic is concerned with reasoning, more in particular with xing criteria for the soundness and validity of arguments. If we apply standard logic in natural language semantics, we inherit this basic trait, and can only expect our logical semantics to have descriptive and explanatory value for the kind of linguistic phenomena that are(More)
The prevailing view on meaning in logical semantics from its inception at the end of the nineteenth century until the beginning of the eighties has been one which is aptly summarized in the slogan ‘meaning equals truth conditions’. This view on meaning is one which can rightly be labeled static: it describes the meaning relation between linguistic(More)
We introduce an inquisitive semantics for a language of propositional logic, where the interpretation of disjunction is the source of inquisitiveness. Indicative conditionals and conditional questions are treated on a par both syntactically and semantically. The semantics comes with a new logical-pragmatical notion which judges and compares the compliance(More)
This paper starts with an informal introduction to inquisitive semantics. After that, we present a formal definition of the semantics, and introduce the basic semantic notions of inquisitiveness and informativeness, in terms of wich we define the semantic categories of questions, assertions, and hybrid sentences. The focus of this paper will be on the(More)
Jeroen Groenendijk (1999, reprinted in this book) introduced a logic, which he called the Logic of Interrogation (henceforth LoI), that can be used to analyze which linguistic answers are appropriate in response to a given question. Groenendijk gave only a semantic definition of his logic. For practical applications like building question-answering systems,(More)
1 4 Inquisitive semantics 17 4.1 Inquisitive semantics for a first-order language . . . . . . . . . 18 4.2 Semantic categories . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 20 4.3 Information and truth . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 22 4.4 Examples . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 4.5 Syntactic properties of(More)
Update semantics1 embodies a radical view on the relation between context and interpretation. The meaning of a sentence is identified with its context change potential, where contexts are identified with information states. The recursive definition of semantic interpretation is stated in terms of a process of updating an information state with a sentence.(More)