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Situations, Language and Logic : Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy - Jens Erik Fenstad

Situations, Language and Logic

Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

By: Jens Erik Fenstad (Editor), Per-Kristian Halvorsen (Editor), Tore Langholm (Editor), Johan van Benthem (Editor)

Paperback Published: 1988
ISBN: 9781556080494
Number Of Pages: 194

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This monograph grew out of research at Xerox PARC and the Center for the Study of Language and Information (CSLI) during the first year of CSLI's existence. The Center was created as a meeting place for people from many different research traditions and there was much interest in seeing how the various approaches could be joined in a common effort to understand the complexity of language and information. CSLI was thus an ideal environment for our group and our enterprise. Our original goal was to see how a well-developed linguistic the- ory, such as lexical-functional grammar, could be joined with the ideas emerging from research in situation semantics in a manner which would measure up to the technical standards set by Montague grammar. The outcome was our notion of situation schemata and the extension of constraint-based grammar formalisms to deal with semantic as well as syntactic information. As our work progressed we widened our approach. We decided to also include a detailed study of the logic of situation theory, and to investigate how this logical theory is related to the relational theory of meaning developed in situation semantics.

I. Introduction.- 1. Prom linguistic form to situation schemata.- 2. Interpreting situation schemata.- 3. The logical point of view.- II. From Linguistic Form to Situation Schemata.- 1. Levels of linguistic form determining meaning.- 2. Motivation for the use of constraints.- 3. The modularization of the mapping from form to meaning.- 4. Situation schemata.- 5. The algorithm from linguistic form to situation schemata.- III. Interpreting Situation Schemata.- 1. The art of interpretation.- 2. The inductive definition of the meaning relation.- 3. A remark on the general format of situation schemata.- 4. Generalizing generalized quantifiers.- IV. A Logical Perspective.- 1. The mechanics of interpretation.- 2. A hierarchy of formal languages.- 2.1. Propositional logic.- 2.2. Predicate logic.- 2.3. Tense logic.- 2.4. Temporal predicate logic.- 2.5. Situated temporal predicate logic.- 3. Mathematical study of some formal languages.- 3.1. Definition of structure.- 3.2. The system L3.- 3.3. Modal operators.- 4. On the model theoretic interpretation of situation schemata.- 4.1. The basic correspondence.- 4.2. The correspondence extended.- V. Conclusions.- Appendices.- A. Prepositional Phrases in Situation Schemata.- by Erik Colban.- B. A Lyndon type interpretation theorem for many-sorted first-order logic.- C. Proof of the relative saturation lemma.- References.

ISBN: 9781556080494
ISBN-10: 1556080492
Series: Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Audience: General
Format: Paperback
Language: English
Number Of Pages: 194
Published: 1988
Publisher: SPRINGER VERLAG GMBH
Country of Publication: NL
Dimensions (cm): 22.91 x 15.19  x 1.07
Weight (kg): 0.33

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