Paper: Towards The Semantics Of Sentence Adverbials

ACL ID E83-1012
Title Towards The Semantics Of Sentence Adverbials
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1983

In the present paper we argue that the so-called sentence adverbials (typically, adverbs like probably, admittedly,)... should be generated, in the framework of Functional Generative Description, by means of a special deep case - Complementation of Attitude (CA) on grounds of their special behaviour in the topic-focus articulation (TFA) of a sentence. From the viewpoint of the translation of CA expressions (and also of the multiple occurrence thereof inside a sentence) into a calculus of intensional logic, it should be noted that the TFA properties of CA expressions are directly correlated to the scope properties thereof. Our approach, which is stated in terms of a lir~istic theory, serves as a basis for an algorithm of analysis of CA for purposes of a system of man-machine communication w...