On Semantic Underspecification

  • Manfred Pinkal
Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 73)


Scope, especially quantifier scope, is the first and best investigated phenomenon in the field of underspecification research. The use of logic representation languages in natural language semantics often requires a choice between alternative scopings in the interpretation process, where this choice seems to be premature or unnecessarily fine-grained. An example is (la), which can be assigned either (lb) or (1c) as logical representation, although in many cases the relative scope of universal and existential operator may be unclear, or irrelevant, or both.


Semantic Ambiguity Meaning Description Generative Lexicon Dominance Constraint Scope Ambiguity 
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