Paper: Referential Properties Of Generic Terms Denoting Things And Situations

ACL ID C88-2106
Title Referential Properties Of Generic Terms Denoting Things And Situations
Venue International Conference on Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1988
Authors

(~ene:x'ic terms cam be divided into two refercnbi:Qly different groups. Generic term oi" l,h~ :~':i~'st group is a name (or a definite dcsc.ci.ption) of the corresponding class of Objg>(;i;:~ (of° J~ ~:.i~ U a r s in South America ~i~'f. e~j~!.!~ci. T h e w h a I e is a mammal). i!~ fo:-g~t].er:[c terms of the second group, we p,:'opose i;o treat them as genera], terms (in ~hc sense o±' WoOoQuine)". -they are considered -to be ~'eferentially incomplete expressions ~,~hiub.~ "when constituting the th-eme of a ge-, nez-i~: p,:,opus:i, tton, undergo quantification which :i.s exp:t'esse(J~ explicit],y or implicit- [!.y~ inside the verb phrase° ].o Ira-trod lotion One of the mosl, important aspects of langu~ge comp~-ehension is comprehension of ~.- e f e _~ e n c e -,- :L~e~ of a correspond...