Paper: On The Notion Of Uniqueness

ACL ID E93-1014
Title On The Notion Of Uniqueness
Venue Annual Meeting of The European Chapter of The Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1993

In the paper it is argued that for some lin- guistic phenomena, current discourse repre- sentation structures are insufficiently fine- grained, both from the perspective of serv- ing as representation in NLP and from a truth conditional perspective. One such semantic phenomenon is uniqueness. It is demonstrated that certain elements are forced to have a unique interpretation, from a certain point in discourse onwards. This could be viewed as the semantic counter- part of surface order. Although it has al- ways been acknowledged that the left-to- right order of constituents influences the meaning of an utterance, it is, for exam- ple, not reflected in standard Discourse Representation Theory ([Kamp, 1981]). In the paper, an alternative representation for unique constituents will be proposed...