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Constraints on Numerical Expressions$
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Chris Cummins

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780199687909

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: March 2015

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199687909.001.0001

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Overview and outlook

Overview and outlook

(p.177) 7 Overview and outlook
Constraints on Numerical Expressions

Chris Cummins

Oxford University Press

This concluding chapter briefly summarizes what has gone before, looks at the evidential basis for the constraint-based model, and discusses some potential avenues for development of the kind of approach advocated in this book. In particular, it looks at alternative ways of treating informativeness, and representing the speaker’s knowledge state in cases of quantification; it discusses how to study individual variation within this kind of approach; it acknowledges potential limitations in the approach and how they might be overcome; and it considers how the constraint-based approach might be generalized to other domains of usage, and what we would have to do in order to support such an extension.

Keywords:   informativeness, quantification, knowledge state, individual variation, constraint, evidence

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