Download E-books Flexibility Principles in Boolean Semantics: The Interpretation of Coordination, Plurality, and Scope in Natural Language (Current Studies in Linguistics) PDF
By Yoad Winter
Since the early paintings of Montague, Boolean semantics and its subfield of generalized quantifier thought became the model-theoretic origin for the research of which means in normal languages. This publication makes use of this framework to advance a brand new semantic idea of principal linguistic phenomena concerning coordination, plurality, and scope. The proposed idea uses the traditional Boolean interpretation of conjunction, a choice-function account of indefinites, and a unique semantics of plurals that's not in response to the distributive/collective contrast. the major to unifying those mechanisms is a model of Montagovian semantics that's augmented by means of flexibility rules: semantic operations that experience no counterpart in phonology.This is the 1st ebook to hide those parts in a manner that's either linguistically accomplished and officially specific. On one hand, it addresses questions of basically linguistic obstacle: the semantic capabilities of phrases like and and or in numerous languages, the translation of indefinites and their scope, and the semantic typology of noun words and predicates. nevertheless, it addresses formal questions which are encouraged via the remedy of those linguistic difficulties: using Boolean algebras in linguistics, the right kind formalization of selection services inside generalized quantifier concept, and the extension of this conception to the area of plurality. whereas basically meant for readers with a historical past in theoretical linguistics, the ebook can be of curiosity to researchers and complex scholars in common sense, computational linguistics, philosophy of language, and synthetic intelligence.