Document Type

Report

Date

5-1990

Embargo Period

4-30-2012

Keywords

Semantics

Language

English

Disciplines

Computer Sciences

Description/Abstract

This paper presents a model theory of lexical semantics that is compatible with theories in the Montagovian tradition. Lexical expressions are modeled as subsets or “subspaces” in a “semantic spaces”. A unique representation is defined for subspaces of the semantic space. This unique representation is called the "normal form" of the lexical denotation. A Boolean algebra of normal forms is developed, in which lexical entailment is Boolean inclusion. The presentation in the body of the paper is informal, making use of examples to illustrate the theory and to indicate the range of applicability. Formal definitions and proofs in support of the presentation are given in the Appendix.

Additional Information

School of Computer and Information Science, Syracuse University, SU-CIS-90-07

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