Quantifiers and Cognition: Logical and Computational Perspectives

  • Jakub¬†Szymanik

Part of the Studies in Linguistics and Philosophy book series (SLAP, volume 96)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xiv
  2. Procedural Semantics

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
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  3. Simple Quantifiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 21-21
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    4. Jakub Szymanik
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  4. Complex Quantifiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 85-85
    2. Jakub Szymanik
      Pages 87-100
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  5. Collective Quantifiers

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 163-163
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  6. Perspectives and Conclusions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 185-185
    2. Jakub Szymanik
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  7. Back Matter
    Pages 191-211

About this book


This volume on the semantic complexity of natural language explores the question why some sentences are more difficult than others. While doing so, it lays the groundwork for extending semantic theory with computational and cognitive aspects by combining linguistics and logic with computations and cognition. 

Quantifier expressions occur whenever we describe the world and communicate about it. Generalized quantifier theory is therefore one of the basic tools of linguistics today, studying the possible meanings and the inferential power of quantifier expressions by logical means. The classic version was developed in the 1980s, at the interface of linguistics, mathematics and philosophy. Before this volume, advances in "classic" generalized quantifier theory mainly focused on logical questions and their applications to linguistics, this volume adds a computational component, the third pillar of language use and logical activity. This book is essential reading for researchers in linguistics, philosophy, cognitive science, logic, AI, and computer science.


cognitive science computational complexity generalized quantifier theory natural language expressivity natural language semantics philosophy of mind quantifier expressions theoretical computer science

Authors and affiliations

  • Jakub¬†Szymanik
    • 1
  1. 1.University of AmsterdamInstitute for Logic,Language and ComputationAmsterdamThe Netherlands

Bibliographic information

  • DOI
  • Copyright Information Springer International Publishing Switzerland 2016
  • Publisher Name Springer, Cham
  • eBook Packages Social Sciences Social Sciences (R0)
  • Print ISBN 978-3-319-28747-8
  • Online ISBN 978-3-319-28749-2
  • Series Print ISSN 0924-4662
  • Series Online ISSN 2215-034X
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