PP-1999-19: The Logic of Interrogation (classical version)

PP-1999-19: Groenendijk, Jeroen (1999) The Logic of Interrogation (classical version). [Report]

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In this paper, we investigate the prospects of basing logic on
cooperative information exchange instead of valid reasoning. To this
end, we introduce a simple dialogue game of interrogation. Relative
to a minimal logical query-language suitable for the game, and a
semantic interpretation for that language in terms of context
change potentials, we define a logical notion of pertinence, which
enables us to arbitrate whether the game is played according to the
rules. The elements of pertinence ---contextual consistency,
non-entailment, and licensing--- correspond to elements of the
Gricean Cooperation Principle. The main novelty is the notion of
licensing, by which we can judge whether an utterance is logically
related to the context. We illustrate the use of the logic of
interrogation in natural language semantics by considering some
linguistic examples, which exhibit phenomena which are inherently
related to the communicative function of language.

Item Type: Report
Report Nr: PP-1999-19
Series Name: Prepublication (PP) Series
Year: 1999
Date Deposited: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
Last Modified: 12 Oct 2016 14:36
URI: https://eprints.illc.uva.nl/id/eprint/19

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