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LINGUIST List 18.1462

Mon May 14 2007

Qs: Research on Acquisition of Sluicing; DRT Translatable to FOL?

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        1.    Wang Qiang, Research on Acquisition of Sluicing
        2.    Wai Lok Tam, DRT Translatable to FOL?

Message 1: Research on Acquisition of Sluicing
Date: 11-May-2007
From: Wang Qiang <sequoiawangyahoo.com.cn>
Subject: Research on Acquisition of Sluicing

I am interested in the acquisition of sluicing in Chinese by Japanese and

Sluicing, since Ross(1967, 1969), has been receiving much attention.
However, we are still not quite confident in the current literature,
although there are PF-deletion and LF-copying accounts.

In the Chinese language in particular, the shi-support pertaining to the
wh-argument and wh-adjunct asymmetry seems to defy current theoretical
explanations. This makes it hard to have a sound arrangement of elicitation
and in turn a satisfactory analysis of the learner language data.

There must be some sources or theories, but I don't know where. Would you,
who are better read, tell me where?

Linguistic Field(s): Language Acquisition
Message 2: DRT Translatable to FOL?
Date: 08-May-2007
From: Wai Lok Tam <tamuwairokkuyahoo.co.jp>
Subject: DRT Translatable to FOL?

FOL: first order logic
DRT: discourse representation theory
GQ: generalized quantifier

I see this (translatability of Discourse Representation Theory into First
Order Logic) mentioned in many places. But DRT does include generalized
quantifiers. How can it still be first order with GQ? And if it can be, how
is it done?

Linguistic Field(s): Philosophy of Language

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