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TitleProcesses, Beliefs, and Questions [electronic resource] : Essays on Formal Semantics of Natural Language and Natural Language Processing / edited by Stanley Peters, Esa Saarinen
ImprintDordrecht : Springer Netherlands : Imprint: Springer, 1982
Connect tohttp://dx.doi.org/10.1007/978-94-015-7668-0
Descript XXXI, 231 p. online resource

SUMMARY

SECTION I In 1972, Donald Davison and Gilbert Hannan wrote in the introduction to the volume Semantics of Natural Language: "The success of linguistics in treating natural languages as formal ỹntactic systems has aroused the interest of a number of linguists in a parallel or related development of semantics. For the most part quite independently, many philosophers and logicians have recently been applying formal semantic methods to structures increasingly like natural languages. While differences in training, method and vocabulary tend to veil the fact, philosophers and linguists are converging, it seems, on a common set of interrelated problems. " Davidson and Harman called for an interdisciplinary dialogue of linguists, philosophers and logicians on the semantics of natural language, and during the last ten years such an enterprise has proved extremely fruitful. Thanks to the cooperative effort in these several fields, the last decade has brought about striking progress in our understanding of the semantics of natural language. This work on semantics has typically paid little attention to psychological aspects of meaning. Thus, psychologists or computer scientists working on artificial intelligence were not invited to join the forces in the influential introduction of Semantics of Natural Language. No doubt it was felt that while psychological aspects of language are important in their own right, they are not relevant to our immediate semantic concerns. In the last few years, several linguists and logicians have come to question the fundamental anti-psychological assumptions underlying their theorizing


CONTENT

Formal Semantics and the Psychology of Meaning -- The Autonomy of Semantics -- Belief-Sentences and the Limits of Semantics -- Computational Models of Belief and the Semantics of Belief Sentences -- The Mental Representation of Quantifiers -- Questions and Answers in Montague Grammar -- Linearization in Describing Spatial Networks -- Index of Names -- Index of Subjects


Philosophy Logic Linguistic anthropology Philosophy Logic Linguistic Anthropology



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