Indexical Dynamics

  • Ian Lewin
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In this paper I define a semantics for English surface structures including quantification and anaphora using three ideas. The first is an indexical account of quantification which does not make use of a variable binding mechanism. The second is the use of dynamic semantics which means here that the context in which one part of language is interpreted is itself dependent on how other parts have already been interpreted. The third idea is a new account of anaphoric pronouns which leaves them unindexed in the syntax and leaves their interpretation relative to the context in which they are found.


Noun Phrase Relative Clause Syntactic Structure Dynamic Logic Indexical Dynamics 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Ian Lewin
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  1. 1.Department of Artificial Intelligence and the Centre for Cognitive ScienceUniversity of EdinburghScotland, UK

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