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Theory and Evidence in Semantics

In Theory and Evidence in Semantics, editors Erhard W. Hinrichs and John Nerbonne present a series of state-of-the-art papers that investigate the interface of natural language semantics with other modules of grammar—such as morphology, syntax, and pragmatics—and pursue applications of semantic theory in computational linguistics. Written by some of the leading scholars in the field, and strongly influenced by the seminal work of David R. Dowty in model-theoretical semantics, the papers provide novel accounts of highly complex sets of semantic phenomena, including anaphora, coordination, ellipsis, interrogatives, and negative and collective predicates, as well as tense and aspect.

280 pages | 6 x 9

Language and Linguistics: Syntax and Semantics

Table of Contents


Introduction Theory and Evidence in Semantics

Erhard Hinrichs and John Nerbonne


1. Reconsturction as delayed evaluation

Chris Barker

2. Selectional Preferences for Anaphora Resolution

Erhard Hinrichs and Holger Wunsch

3. The swarm alternation revisited

Jack Hoeksema

4. Representations or Meanings?

Pauline Jacobson

5. Approximate Interpretations of Number Words

Manfred Krifka

6. Compositional Interpretation

Peter N. Lasersohn

7. Quantitatively Detecting Semantic Relations

John Nerbonne and Tim Van de Cruys

8. know-how: A compositional approach

Craige Roberts

9. Cells and paradigms in inflectional semantics

Gregory Stump

10. Right-Node Wrapping

Neal Whitman


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