December 19, 1998
- 4:00pm, December 19, 1998 (Note time change.)
- Room L-620, 6th floor, Central Library, Sophia University.
- Ann Copestake (CSLI, Stanford)
- Integrating the lexicon and pragmatics
I will describe a formal framework for interpretation of words,
compounds and idioms in a discourse context which integrates a symbolic
lexicon/grammar, word-sense probabilities, and a pragmatic component.
The approach is motivated by the need to handle productive word use in
general, but in the talk I will concentrate on English compound
nominals. Standard treatments of compounds have tended to treat their
interpretation as either wholly lexico-grammatical or wholly pragmatic.
However a variety of data suggests that neither of these extremes can
be correct and that compound interpretation is partly a matter of
context and partly governed by convention. I will also argue that it
is necessary, both theoretically and practically, to provide an account
of why some interpretations are usual, while others can only occur in
very marked contexts. The proposed approach can be formalized in a
theoretical framework which combines the use of a typed constraint
language augmented with defaults and probabilities and a nonmonotonic
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