Split-scope definites: Relative superlatives and Haddock descriptions
- Computer Science
A particular semantic decomposition of morphological definiteness is argued for, which leads to a new theory of relative superlative descriptions like ‘the kid who climbed the highest tree’, which explains the previously mysterious role of the definite determiner in licensing such readings.
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Quantifiers in Formal and Natural Languages
For a long time, the word ‘quantifier’ in linguistics and philosophy simply stood for the universal and existential quantifiers of standard predicate logic, but the dominance of predicate logic has obscured the fact that the quantifier expressions form a syntactic category, with characteristic interpretations, and with many more members than ∀ and ∃.
A Theory of Truth and Semantic Representation
- Philosophy, Linguistics
Two conceptions of meaning have dominated formal semantics of natural language. The first of these sees meaning principally as that which determines conditions of truth. This notion has inspired the…
The Logic of Semantics
Now that semantical investigations of natural language have established themselves as a recognized scientific activity, research material is accumulating which invites reflection, and there is room for a foundational component of semantics, consisting of a logical study of semantic theory.
Semantic vs. syntactic categories
Discussion de la these de Montague selon laquelle il existe une correspondance uniforme entre les categories de l'anglais et les types de la logique intensionnelle. L'A. presente certains exemples de…
Distributive, Collective and Cumulative Quantification
The Proper Treatment of Quantification in Ordinary English
The aim of this paper is to present in a rigorous way the syntax and semantics of a certain fragment of a certain dialect of English. For expository purposes the fragment has been made as simple and…