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Modern Perspectives in Type-Theoretical Semantics

  • Stergios Chatzikyriakidis
  • Zhaohui Luo


  • Offers original interdisciplinary work on type theoretical semantics at the junction of linguistics, logic and computer science

  • Covers both theoretical and implementational apsects

  • Introduces cutting edge alternatives in formal semantics research


Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 98)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-viii
  2. Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Zhaohui Luo
    Pages 1-8
  3. Foundational Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 9-9
    2. Daisuke Bekki, Koji Mineshima
      Pages 11-41
    3. Stergios Chatzikyriakidis, Zhaohui Luo
      Pages 43-70
    4. Justyna Grudzińska, Marek Zawadowski
      Pages 95-131
  4. Types and Applications

  5. Implementational Aspects

About this book


This book is a collective volume that reports the state of the art in the applications of type theory to linguistic semantics. The volume fills a 20 year gap from the last published book on the issue and aspires to bring researchers closer to cutting edge alternatives in formal semantics research. It consists of unpublished work by some key researchers on various issues related to the type theoretical study of formal semantics and further exemplifies the advantages of using modern type theoretical approaches to linguistic semantics. Themes that are covered include modern developments of type theories in formal semantics, foundational issues in linguistic semantics like anaphora, modality and plurals, innovational interdisciplinary research like the introduction of probability theory to type theories as well as computational implementations of type theoretical approaches. This volume will be of great interest to formal semanticists that are looking for alternative ways to study linguistic semantics, but will also be of interest to theoretical computer scientists and mathematicians that are interested in the applications of type theory.


Anaphora Computation in natural language context Computational semantics Formal semantics Generalized Quantifiers on dependent types Grail theorem prover Lexical semantics Natural language semantics Type theory Type-logical grammars Unbound anaphora

Editors and affiliations

  • Stergios Chatzikyriakidis
    • 1
  • Zhaohui Luo
    • 2
  1. 1. University of Gothenburg, Sweden & Open University CyprusGothenburgSweden
  2. 2.Dept. of Computer ScienceUniversity of London Royal HollowayLondonUnited Kingdom

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Modern Perspectives in Type-Theoretical Semantics
  • Editors Stergios Chatzikyriakidis
    Zhaohui Luo
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • Series Abbreviated Title Studies in Linguist., Phil.
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing AG 2017
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-3-319-50420-9
  • Softcover ISBN 978-3-319-84397-1
  • eBook ISBN 978-3-319-50422-3
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series E-ISSN 2215-034X
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages VIII, 296
  • Number of Illustrations 49 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Topics Semantics
    Computational Linguistics
    Computer Appl. in Arts and Humanities
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“The papers of this collection illustrate how grammar-as-logic paradigms can be extended to match the rich expressivity of natural language, making use of Martin-Lӧf’s Type Theory, with its dramatically liberal concept of dependent typing. The authors vividly  demonstrate  the excitement of this research frontier, taking different sides in controversies such as:  whether the underlying form of explanation  should be semantic (model-theoretic) or syntactic (proof-theoretic);  how to model the shifting nature of lexical content within a formal grammar;  in what way such explanations should reflect the dynamics of language in use; with  due care  taken to  provide the  background needed for  the general reader to get a sense of   why these disputes remain of  foundational importance.  This volume is thus a must both for anyone interested in following current disputes in formal/computational linguistics, and for advanced linguistics students.” (Ruth Kempson, Emeritus Professor of Linguistics, King’s College London, UK)