Paper: Abstract Control Structures And The Semantics Of Quantifiers

ACL ID E83-1001
Title Abstract Control Structures And The Semantics Of Quantifiers
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1983
Authors

CONTROL STRUCTURES AND THE SEMANTICS OF QUANTIFIERS Steven Cushing Computer ~ Science Department : " St. Anselm College Manchester, New Hampshire, 03102 USA ABSTRACT Intuitively, a Ruantifier is any word or phrase that expresses a meaning that answers one of the questions "How many"? or "How much"? Typical English examples include all, no, many, few, some but not many, all but at most a ver~ few, wherever, whoever, whoever there is, and also, it can be argued, 0nly (Keenan, 1971), also (Cushing, 1978b), and the (Chomsky, 1977). In this paper we review an empirically motivated analysis of such meanings (Cushing, 1976; 1982a) and draw out its computa- tional significance. For purposes of illustration, we focus our attention on the meanings expressed by the English words whatever and some, co...