Processing definite determiners:Formal semantics meets experimental results

Autor(en): Bosch, P. 
Stichwörter: Definite determiner; Domain restrictions; Eye-tracking; Formal semantics; Incremental processing; Linguistics, Semantics; Psycholinguistics; Psycholinguistics, Formal methods
Erscheinungsdatum: 2009
Journal: Lecture Notes in Computer Science (including subseries Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence and Lecture Notes in Bioinformatics)
Volumen: 5422
Startseite: 242
Seitenende: 256
Experiments on the online processing of linguistic utterances provide information about language processing in the first instance, and only indirectly about linguistic knowledge, while it has been linguistic knowledge, and not linguistic processing, that has been the subject matter of theoretical linguistics. So how can such evidence be relevant to theoretical linguistics? Or how can linguistic theory inform a theory of language processing? - This issue is discussed here with respect to the processing and the formal semantics of the English definite determiner. I argue that the meaning of the definite determiner, as it shows up in experiments on online comprehension, can actually be accounted for in an incremental variant of current formal semantics.
Conference of 7th International Tbilisi Symposium on Logic, Language, and Computation, TbiLLC 2007 ; Conference Date: 1 October 2007 Through 5 October 2007; Conference Code:76483
ISBN: 9783642006647
ISSN: 03029743
DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-00665-4_20
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