The role of formal semantics in linguistics

  1. Walter Swetly


The role of formal semantics in linguistics

We explain what role formal semantics does and should play for an empirical linguist. By looking at a modified non-modal version of PL1 that allows for representing certain types of contextual dependence, two relevant roles are illustrated. In the end we argue that in analogy with other empirical and formal disciplines, the technical apparatus should be a framework of abstraction for the semantics of natural languages.

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Studia Linguistica

31, 2012

Pages from 79 to 87

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