Exclusive Updates

  • Elizabeth Coppock
  • David Beaver
Conference paper

DOI: 10.1007/978-3-642-31482-7_30

Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 7218)
Cite this paper as:
Coppock E., Beaver D. (2012) Exclusive Updates. In: Aloni M., Kimmelman V., Roelofsen F., Sassoon G.W., Schulz K., Westera M. (eds) Logic, Language and Meaning. Lecture Notes in Computer Science, vol 7218. Springer, Berlin, Heidelberg


This paper develops a type of dynamic semantics in which contexts include not only information, but also questions, whose answers are ranked by strength. The questions can be local to the restrictor of a quantifier, and the quantifier can bind into them. The proposed framework satisfies several desiderata arising from quantificational expressions involving exclusives (e.g. only,just, mere and sole), allowing: (i) presupposed questions; (ii) presuppositional constraints on the strength ranking over the answers to the question under discussion; (iii) quantificational binding into such presupposed questions; and (iv) compositional derivation of logical forms for sentences.


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Authors and Affiliations

  • Elizabeth Coppock
    • 1
  • David Beaver
    • 2
  1. 1.Heinrich Heine UniversityDüsseldorfGermany
  2. 2.University of Texas at AustinUSA

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