LP-1995-09: Coreference and Modality

LP-1995-09: Groenendijk, Jeroen and Stokhof, Marin and Veltman, Frank (1995) Coreference and Modality. [Report]

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Jeroen Groenendijk \& Martin Stokhof \& Frank Veltman,
{\em Coreference and Modality}, to appear in: S.~Lappin~(ed.), Handbook of
Contemporary Semantic Theory, Blackwell, Oxford.

The paper presents an introduction to dynamic semantics. It does so by
providing an update semantics for a language of modal predicate logic,
enriched with deictic demonstratives. This system combines the dynamic
semantics of predicate logic developed earlier by Jeroen Groenendijk and
Martin Stokhof, with Frank Veltman's update semantics for a propositional
language with modal operators. This combination is not a straightforward
fusion of two distinct systems, but poses its own problems. The solution
proposed in the paper involves a slight adaption of the notion of dynamic
existential quantification, and makes use of a notion of referent system,
as it was originally developed by Kees Vermeulen.
The descriptive area is that of the interaction between indefinites,
pronouns, and epistemic modalities, a subject renowned for the many puzzles
it creates. The aim of the paper is to show that the dynamic perspective
suggests interesting solutions to some of them.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: LP-1995-09
Series Name: Logic, Philosophy and Linguistics (LP)
Year: 1995
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:39
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:39
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/1235

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