The Impact of syntax on the interpretation and graphical depiction of underspecified propositions

Aaron Kalb, David Barker-Plummer, Richard Cox, Robert Dale, Deonne Castaneda, Christopher Potts

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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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationCognition in Flux
Subtitle of host publicationProceedings of the 32nd Annual Meeting of the Cognitive Science Society
EditorsStellan Ohlsson, Richard Catrambone
Place of PublicationAustin, Texas
PublisherCognitive Science Society
Number of pages6
Publication statusPublished - 2010
EventCognitive Science Society (U.S.) Conference (32nd : 2010) - Portland, Oregon
Duration: 11 Aug 201014 Aug 2010


ConferenceCognitive Science Society (U.S.) Conference (32nd : 2010)
CityPortland, Oregon

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