Principle-Based Interpretation of Natural Language Quantifiers

  • Samuel S. Epstein
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 44)


The interpretation of quantifiers is one of the central problems of natural language understanding. Quantifiers include expressions such as everyone, many students, and the professor that skates. Given a suitably general notion of ‘quantifier’, few natural language sentences contain no quantifiers. On some accounts, all natural language sentences contain quantifiers. This chapter describes a working prototype, called QSB (Quantifier Scopes and Bindings), that determines possible relative quantifier scopes and pronoun bindings for natural language sentences, with coverage of a variety of problematic cases.1


Noun Phrase Relative Clause Landing Site Plural Pronoun Natural Language Sentence 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Samuel S. Epstein
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  1. 1.Bell Communications ResearchMorristownUSA

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