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Title: Meaning and Partiality
Written By: Reinhard Anton Muskens
Description:

This book radically simplifies Montague Semantics and generalizes the theory by basing it on a partial higher order logic. The resulting theory is a synthesis of Montague Semantics and Situation Semantics. In the late sixties, Richard Montague developed the revolutionary idea that can understand the concept of meaning in ordinary language much in the same way as we understand the semantics of logical languages. Unfortunately, however, he formalized his idea in an unnecessarily complex way--two outstanding researchers in the field even compared his work to a 'Rube Goldberg machine'. Muskens' work does away with such unnecessary complexities, obtains a streamlined version of the theory, shows how partialising the theory automatically provides us with the most central concepts of Situation Semantics, and offers a simple logical treatment of propositional attitude verbs, perception verbs and proper names.

Publication Year: 1996
Publisher: CSLI Publications
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Linguistic Field(s): Semantics
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Format: Hardback
ISBN: 1881526801
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 141

 
 
Format: Paperback
ISBN: 1881526798
ISBN-13: N/A
Pages: 141