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Journal of Philosophical Logic

, Volume 40, Issue 3, pp 371–396 | Cite as

Constructing Situations and Time

  • Tim FernandoEmail author
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Abstract

Situations serving as partial worlds as well as events in natural language semantics are constructed from a type-theoretic interpretation of first-order formulae and (after a type reduction) temporal formulae. Limitations of the Russell-Wiener-Kamp derivation of time from events are discussed and overcome to give a more widely applicable account of temporal granularity. Finite situations are formulated as strings of observations, conceptualized to persist inertially (in the absence of forces).

Keywords

Situations Events Time Strings Natural language semantics Types 

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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Trinity College DublinDublinIreland

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