LINGUIST List 8.1010

Fri Jul 4 1997

Books: Pragmatics

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Message 1: Pragmatics

Date: Tue, 24 Jun 1997 12:53:46 -0400
From: Ranak Jasani <>
Subject: Pragmatics

 edited by Oliviero Stock, IRST, Trento, Italy

 The aim of Spatial and Temporal Reasoning is to give a picture of
current research in this area focusing on both representational and
computational issues. The picture emphasizes some major lines of
develpment in this multifaceted, constantly growing area. The
material in the book also shows some common ground and a novel
combination of spatial and temporal aspects of qualitative reasoning

 Part I presents the overall scene. The chapter by Laure Vieu is
on the state of the art in spatial representation and reasoning, and
the one by Alfonso Gerevini gives a similar survey on research in
temporal reasoning. In Part II, Roberto Casati and Achille Varzi
examine the ontological status of spatial entities; Anthony Cohn,
Brandon Bennett,

 John Gooday and Nicholas Gotts present a detailed theory of
reasoning with qualitative relations about regions; and Annette
Herskovits focuses on the linguistic expression of spatial relations.
In Part III, James Allen and George Ferguson describe an interval
temporal logic for there presentation of actions ad events; and Drew
McDermott presents an efficient way of predicting the oucome of plan

 In Part IV, Antony Galton's chapter stands clearly between the
two areas of space and time and outlines the main coordinates of an
integrated approach.

 1997 382 pp. Hardbound ISBN 0-7923-4644-0 $120.00
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