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, Volume 4, Issue 1, pp 69–83 | Cite as

Eventualities in Time: The localization of eventualities in the Platonist and the Reductionist picture of time

  • Petra Dünges
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Abstract

This paper addresses the general question of how eventualities should be localized in time. The answer given here is mainly inspired by the model theory of Discourse Representation Theory (DRT) as presented in Kamp and Reyle (1993). We show that there is a mathematical problem concerning the localization function used in that book. And we propose a remedy for this problem. The general picture that emerges should be interesting not only for DRT but for other theories using an eventuality-based semantics as well.

DRT eventualities formal semantics localization function model theory Platonist picture of time Reductionist picture of time temporal semantics 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Petra Dünges
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  1. 1.Institut für ComputerlinguistikUniversität des SaarlandesSaarbrückenGermany

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