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Default SemanticsFoundations of a Compositional Theory of Acts of Communication$
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K. M. Jaszczolt

Print publication date: 2005

Print ISBN-13: 9780199261987

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: September 2007

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199261987.001.0001

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Meaning Representation: Setting the Scene

Meaning Representation: Setting the Scene

(p.3) 1 Meaning Representation: Setting the Scene
Default Semantics

K.M. Jaszczolt (Contributor Webpage)

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This chapter addresses the cutting edge question of the semantics/pragmatics boundary, discusses semantic underspecification, logical form, the notion of ‘what is said’, and the contrast between conscious inference and default interpretations. It suggests that a theory of discourse meaning should postulate only one level of meaning where information from various sources merges to produce one representation. This representation is then to be cast in the language of, and using the principles of, dynamic semantics.

Keywords:   semantics/pragmatics boundary, underspecification, levels of meaning, dynamic semantics

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