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Belief-Sentences and the Limits of Semantics

  • Barbara Hall Partee
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Part of the Synthese Language Library book series (SLAP, volume 16)

Abstract

One of the goals of the conference of which this paper is a part is to compare the enterprise of formal semantics with that of procedure-oriented psychological semantics. The former has traditionally been the domain of logicians and philosophers, the latter the domain of psychologists and computer scientists, with some linguists on each side. The problem that is evident at the outset is that semantics is treated very differently within these two enterprises, each side seemingly committed to assumptions that lead to inadequacies by the other’s criteria. A fruitful comparison could lead to either of two outcomes, which we might characterize roughly as the “Separatist” position and the “Common Goals” position.

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Lexical Item Formal Semantic Propositional Attitude Entailment Relation Natural Kind Term 
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