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Logic and Lexicon

The Semantics of the Indefinite

  • Manfred Pinkal

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 56)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xvii
  2. Introductory Remarks

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      Pages 1-6
  3. Part I

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 7-7
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      Pages 9-25
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      Pages 26-42
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      Pages 43-71
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      Pages 72-111
  4. Part II

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 113-113
    2. Manfred Pinkal
      Pages 115-195
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      Pages 196-254
  5. Part III

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 255-255
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  6. Concluding Remarks

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      Pages 355-356
  7. Back Matter
    Pages 357-381

About this book


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.


argue computational linguistics language linguistics logic philosophy of language predicate logic semantic semantics

Editors and affiliations

  • Manfred Pinkal
    • 1
  1. 1.University of SaarlandGermany

Bibliographic information

  • Book Title Logic and Lexicon
  • Book Subtitle The Semantics of the Indefinite
  • Authors Manfred Pinkal
  • Series Title Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy
  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer Science+Business Media B.V. 1995
  • Publisher Name Springer, Dordrecht
  • eBook Packages Springer Book Archive
  • Hardcover ISBN 978-0-7923-3387-6
  • Softcover ISBN 978-90-481-4529-4
  • eBook ISBN 978-94-015-8445-6
  • Series ISSN 0924-4662
  • Edition Number 1
  • Number of Pages XVIII, 382
  • Number of Illustrations 0 b/w illustrations, 0 illustrations in colour
  • Additional Information Originally published in German
  • Topics Semantics
    Philosophy of Language
    Linguistics, general
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