The Proper Treatment of Linguistic Ambiguity in Ordinary Algebra

  • Christian Wurm
  • Timm LichteEmail author
Conference paper
Part of the Lecture Notes in Computer Science book series (LNCS, volume 9804)


We present a first algebraic approximation to the semantic content of linguistic ambiguity. Starting from the class of ordinary Boolean algebras, we add to it an ambiguity operator \(\Vert \) and a small set of axioms which we think are correct for linguistic ambiguity beyond doubt. We then show some important, non-trivial results that follow from this axiomatization, which turn out to be surprising and not fully satisfying from a linguistic point of view. Therefore, we also sketch promising algebraic alternatives.


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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.University of DüsseldorfDüsseldorfGermany

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