Natural language and proof-theoretic semantics : denotational ghosts in inferential machine



Year of publication 2015
Type Appeared in Conference without Proceedings
MU Faculty or unit

Faculty of Arts

Description In the domain of formal semantics the general “meaning as use” approach is almost exclusively limited to artificial languages (i.e., non-empirical discourse). Lately, however, this began slowly to change and attempts of providing proof-theoretic semantics for natural languages (i.e., empirical discourse) started to appear as well. In this paper we review some of the state of the art approaches to natural language analysis from the proof-theoretic semantics point of view. However, as we will show, some of these approaches still suffer from denotational pollution in various degrees. Our task will be to locate and examine these denotational “ghosts” in otherwise inferential machine and, hopefully, get rid of them.
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