Logical Aspects of Computational Linguistics

Volume 6736 of the series Lecture Notes in Computer Science pp 159-174

Contextual Analysis of Word Meanings in Type-Theoretical Semantics

  • Zhaohui LuoAffiliated withDept of Computer Science, Royal Holloway, Univ of London

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Word meanings are context sensitive and may change in different situations. In this paper, we consider how contexts and the associated contextual meanings of words may be represented in type-theoretical semantics, the formal semantics based on modern type theories. It is shown, in particular, that the framework of coercive subtyping provides various useful tools in the representation.