Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy

Logic and Lexicon

The Semantics of the Indefinite

Authors: Pinkal, Manfred

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Semantic underspecification is an essential and pervasive property of natural language. This monograph provides a comprehensive survey of the various phenomena in the field of ambiguity and vagueness. The book discusses the major theories of semantic indefiniteness, which have been proposed in linguistics, philosophy and computer science. It argues for a view of indefiniteness as the potential for further contextual specification, and proposes a unified logical treatment of indefiniteness on this basis. The inherent inconsistency of natural language induced by irreducible imprecision is investigated, and treated in terms of a dynamic extension of the proposed logic.
The book is an extended edition of a German monograph and is addressed to advanced students and researchers in theoretical and computational linguistics, logic, philosophy of language, and NL- oriented AI. Although it makes extensive use of logical formalisms, it requires only some basic familiarity with standard predicate logic concepts since all technical terms are carefully explained.

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Logic and Lexicon
Book Subtitle
The Semantics of the Indefinite
Authors
Translated by
Simmons, G.
Series Title
Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
Series Volume
56
Copyright
1995
Publisher
Springer Netherlands
Copyright Holder
Springer Science+Business Media Dordrecht
eBook ISBN
978-94-015-8445-6
DOI
10.1007/978-94-015-8445-6
Hardcover ISBN
978-0-7923-3387-6
Softcover ISBN
978-90-481-4529-4
Series ISSN
0924-4662
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XVIII, 382
Additional Information
Originally published in German
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