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Reconciling NSM and Formal Semantics

Andrews, Avery


Formal semantics and Natural Semantic Metalanguage are widely held to be radically incompatible as ways to study meaning in naural language. Here I will show that they can to some extent be reconciled. In particular, for linguists working with NSM, formal semantics can be viewed as providing mathematical accounts of some of the same phenomena that NSM studies, such as entailment, and for the formal semanticist, NSM offers a small target in the form of mini-languages that exhibit the essential...[Show more]

CollectionsANU Research Publications
Date published: 2016
Type: Journal article
Source: Australian Journal of Linguistics
DOI: 10.1080/07268602.2016.1109431


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