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Logics of Conversation
Preface Acknowledgements 1. Motivations 2. Semantic models of discourse interpretation 3. Pragmatic models for discourse interpretation 4. The logical form of discourse 5. Building logical forms for discourse 6. The lexicon and discourse structure 7. Discourse relations. Expand
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Reference to abstract objects in discourse
  • Nicholas Asher
  • Computer Science
  • Studies in linguistics and philosophy
  • 30 April 1993
A Theory of Discourse Structure for an Analysis of Abstract Entity Anaphora and VP Ellipsis . Expand
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Indirect Speech Acts
We show how a formal semantictheory of discourse interpretation can be used to define speech actsand to avoid murky issues concerning the metaphysics of action. Expand
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Lexical Meaning in Context - A Web of Words
Preface Part I. Foundations: 1. Lexical meaning and predication 2. Types and lexical meaning 3. Previous theories of prediction Part II. Theory: 4. Type composition logic 5. The complex type 6. TypeExpand
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Temporal interpretation, discourse relations and commonsense entailment
This paper presents a formal account of how to determine the discourse relations between propositions introduced in a text, and the relations between the events they describe. Expand
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Metaphor in Discourse
We showed how to compute metaphorical interpretations from a combination of three mechanisms: lexical rules which specify the range of possible meaning shifts of classes of words; circumscriptive techniques for fleshing out metaphorical interpretation in different pragmatic contexts; and a theory of discourse structure. Expand
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Toward a Geometry of Common Sense: A Semantics and a Complete Axiomatization of Mereotopology
We offer an alternative to Tarski, starting with mereotopological notions that have proved useful in the semantic analysis of spatial expressions. Expand
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Subordinating and coordinating discourse relations
This paper studies the distinction between subordinating and coordinating discourse relations, a distinction that governs the hierarchical structure of discourse. We provide linguistic tests toExpand
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The Semantics and Pragmatics of Presupposition
In this paper, we offer a novel analysis of presuppositions, paying particular attention to the interaction between the knowledge resources that are required to interpret them. Expand
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