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LINGUIST List 16.3598

Sun Dec 18 2005

Books: Philosophy of Language/Semantics: Asher,Lascarides

Editor for this issue: Megan Zdrojkowski <meganlinguistlist.org>

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        1.    Joyce Reid, Logics of Conversation: Asher, Lascarides

Message 1: Logics of Conversation: Asher, Lascarides
Date: 15-Dec-2005
From: Joyce Reid <jreidcup.org>
Subject: Logics of Conversation: Asher, Lascarides

Title: Logics of Conversation
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language Processing
Published: 2005
Publisher: Cambridge University Press

Book URL: http://us.cambridge.org/titles/catalogue.asp?isbn=9780521659512

Author: Nicholas Asher
Author: Alex Lascarides
Paperback: ISBN: 0521659515 Pages: 548 Price: U.K. £ 28.00
Paperback: ISBN: 0521659515 Pages: 548 Price: U.S. $ 48.00

People often mean more than they say. Grammar on its own is typically
insufficient for determining the full meaning of an utterance; the
assumption that the discourse is coherent or 'makes sense' has an important
role to play in determining meaning as well. Logics of Conversation
presents a dynamic semantic framework called Segmented Discourse
Representation Theory, or SDRT, where this interaction between discourse
coherence and discourse interpretation is explored in a logically precise
manner. Combining ideas from dynamic semantics, commonsense reasoning and
speech act theory, SDRT uses its analysis of rhetorical relations to
capture intuitively compelling implicatures. It provides a computable
method for constructing these logical forms and is one of the most formally
precise and linguistically grounded accounts of discourse interpretation
currently available. The book will be of interest to researchers and
students in linguistics and in philosophy of language.

1. Motivations
2. Semantic models of discourse interpretation
3. Pragmatic models of discourse interpretation
4. The logical form of discourse
5. Building logical forms for discourse
6. The lexicon and discourse structure
7. Discourse relations for dialogue
8. Disputes in dialogue
9. Cognitive modelling
10. Some concluding remarks:
A. Objections and replies
B. Notation index
C. The semantics of DRT
D. Glossary of discourse relations
E. Summary of discourse update
F. Some proofs in the glue logic

Linguistic Field(s): Computational Linguistics
                            Discourse Analysis
                            Philosophy of Language

Written In: English (eng )

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