Paper: How Does Natural Language Quantify?

ACL ID E85-1002
Title How Does Natural Language Quantify?
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1985

It has traditionally been assumed that Natural Language uses explicit quantifier expressions (such as "all" and "most", "the" and "a") for the purpose of quantification. We argue that expressi- ons of the first type are comparatively rare in real world Natural Language sentences, and that the latter (articles) cannot be considered stra- ightforward quantlfiers in the first place. How- ever, practically all applications of Natural Language Processfng require sentences to be quantified unambiguously. We llst a few possible ( syntactical, semantical, and "pragmatical") sour- ces of "implicit" quantiflcatlonal information in Natural Language; they combine in sometimes intricate ways to give a sentence a (more or less) unambiguous quantification. i. THE LACK OF EXPLICIT QUANTIFICATION IN NATURA...