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Abstract

This paper starts with a brief history of Natural Logic from its origins to the most recent work on implicatives. It then describes on-going attempts to represent the meanings of so-called evaluative adjectives in these terms based on what linguists have traditionally assumed about constructions such as NP was stupid to VP, NP was not lucky to VP that have been described as factive. It turns out that the account cannot be based solely on lexical classification as the existing framework of Natural Logic assumes.

The conclusion we draw from this ongoing work is that Natural Logic of the classical type must be grounded in a more inclusive theory of Natural Reasoning that takes into account pragmatic factors in the context of use such as the assumed relation between the evaluative adjective and even the perceived communicative intent of the speaker.

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Natural Logic Parse Tree Embed Clause Categorial Grammar CSLI Publication 
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Authors and Affiliations

  • Lauri Karttunen
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  1. 1.Stanford UniversityStanfordUSA

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