Different representational systems permit differing degrees and forms of ambiguity and underspecification in the content they represent. Independently of this observation, a notable feature of natural language as a representational system is that it allows the same content to be expressed in different ways. In this paper, we examine the interaction of these two observations; in particular, we explore a number of linguistic forms involving underspecified content, and look at how subjects express the content of these linguistic forms both in logic and in diagrams. Our analysis demonstrates that variations in syntactic realization of the same semantic content lead to different interpretations of that content.
|Title of host publication||Cognition in Flux|
|Subtitle of host publication||Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society|
|Editors||Stellan Ohlsson, Richard Catrambone|
|Place of Publication||Austin, Texas|
|Publisher||Cognitive Science Society|
|Number of pages||6|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||Cognitive Science Society (U.S.) Conference (32nd : 2010) - Portland, Oregon|
Duration: 11 Aug 2010 → 14 Aug 2010
|Conference||Cognitive Science Society (U.S.) Conference (32nd : 2010)|
|Period||11/08/10 → 14/08/10|
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Kalb, A., Barker-Plummer, D., Cox, R., Dale, R., Castaneda, D., & Potts, C. (2010). The Impact of syntax on the interpretation and graphical depiction of underspecified propositions. In S. Ohlsson, & R. Catrambone (Eds.), Cognition in Flux: Proceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society (pp. 808-813). Austin, Texas: Cognitive Science Society.