Event in Compositional Dynamic Semantics

  • Sai Qian
  • Maxime Amblard
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 6736)


We present a framework which constructs an event-style discourse semantics. The discourse dynamics are encoded in continuation semantics and various rhetorical relations are embedded in the resulting interpretation of the framework. We assume discourse and sentence are distinct semantic objects, that play different roles in meaning evaluation. Moreover, two sets of composition functions, for handling different discourse relations, are introduced. The paper first gives the necessary background and motivation for event and dynamic semantics, then the framework with detailed examples will be introduced.


Event Dynamics Continuation Semantics DRT Discourse Structure Rhetorical Relation Accessibility λ-calculus 


Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.

Unable to display preview. Download preview PDF.


  1. 1.
    Asher, N.: Reference to abstract objects in discourse. Springer, Heidelberg (1993)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  2. 2.
    Asher, N., Pogodalla, S.: Sdrt and continuation semantics. Proceedings of LENLS, Tokyo, Japan VII (2010)Google Scholar
  3. 3.
    Asher, N., Vieu, L.: Subordinating and coordinating discourse relations. Lingua 115(4), 591–610 (2005)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  4. 4.
    Bos, J.: Towards a large-scale formal semantic lexicon for text processing. In: Chiarcos, C., Eckart de Castilho, R., Stede, M. (eds.) Proceedings of the Biennal GSCL Conference From Form to Meaning: Processing Texts Automatically, 2009, pp. 3–14 (2009)Google Scholar
  5. 5.
    Davidson, D.: The logical form of action sentences. In: Rescher, N. (ed.) The Logic of Decision and Action. University of Pittsburgh Press, Pittsburgh (1967)Google Scholar
  6. 6.
    Groenendijk, J., Stokhof, M.: Dynamic predicate logic. Linguistics and Philosophy 14(1), 39–100 (1991)CrossRefzbMATHGoogle Scholar
  7. 7.
    de Groote, P.: Towards abstract categorial grammars. In: Proceedings of the 39th Annual Meeting on Association for Computational Linguistics, pp. 252–259. Association for Computational Linguistics (2001)Google Scholar
  8. 8.
    de Groote, P.: Towards a montagovian account of dynamics. In: Proceedings of Semantics and Linguistic Theory XVI (2006)Google Scholar
  9. 9.
    Gruber, J.S.: Studies in lexical relations. Ph.D. thesis, Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dept. of Modern Languages (1965)Google Scholar
  10. 10.
    Heim, I.: File change semantics and the familiarity theory of definiteness. In: Bäuerle, R., Schwarze, C., von Stechow, A. (eds.) Meaning, Use, and Interpretation of Language, pp. 164–189. Walter de Gruyter, Berlin (1983)Google Scholar
  11. 11.
    Hobbs, J.R.: On the coherence and structure of discourse. CSLI, Center for the Study of Language and Information, US (1985)Google Scholar
  12. 12.
    Kamp, H.: A theory of truth and semantic representation. In: Groenendijk, J., Janssen, T., Stokhof, M. (eds.) Formal Methods in the Study of Language. Mathematical Centre Tracts, vol. 135, pp. 277–322. Mathematisch Centrum, Amsterdam (1981)Google Scholar
  13. 13.
    Lascarides, A., Asher, N.: Temporal interpretation, discourse relations and commonsense entailment. Linguistics and Philosophy 16(5), 437–493 (1993)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  14. 14.
    Lascarides, A., Asher, N.: Segmented discourse representation theory: Dynamic semantics with discourse structure. Computing Meaning, 87–124 (2007)Google Scholar
  15. 15.
    Mann, W., Thompson, S.: Rhetorical structure theory: Toward a functional theory of text organization. Text-Interdisciplinary Journal for the Study of Discourse 8(3), 243–281 (1988)CrossRefGoogle Scholar
  16. 16.
    Montague, R.: English as A Formal Language. Linguaggi nella societae nella tecnica, 189–224 (1970)Google Scholar
  17. 17.
    Montague, R.: Universal Grammar. Theoria 36(3), 373–398 (1970)MathSciNetCrossRefzbMATHGoogle Scholar
  18. 18.
    Montague, R.: The proper treatment of quantification in ordinary english. In: Hintikka, J., Moravcsik, J., Suppes, P. (eds.) Approaches to Natural Language. Reidel, Dordrecht (1973)Google Scholar
  19. 19.
    Parsons, T.: Events in the Semantics of English: A Study in Subatomic Semantics. MIT Press, Cambridge (1991)Google Scholar
  20. 20.
    Polanyi, L.: A formal model of the structure of discourse. Journal of Pragmatics 12(5-6), 601–638 (1988)CrossRefGoogle Scholar

Copyright information

© Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg 2011

Authors and Affiliations

  • Sai Qian
    • 1
    • 2
    • 3
  • Maxime Amblard
    • 1
    • 2
  1. 1.LORIA & INRIA Nancy Grand-EstVandœuvre-lès-Nancy CedexFrance
  2. 2.Nancy 2 UniversityNancy CedexFrance
  3. 3.Nancy 1 UniversityNancy CedexFrance

Personalised recommendations