Paper: Donnellan's Distinction And A Computational Model Of Reference

ACL ID P86-1029
Title Donnellan's Distinction And A Computational Model Of Reference
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors
  • Amichai Kronfeld (SRI International, Menlo Park CA; Stanford University, Stanford CA)

In this paper, I describe how Donnellan's distinction between referential and attributive uses of definite descriptions should be represented in a computational model of reference. After briefly discussing the significance of Donnellan's distinction, I reinterpret it as being three-tiered, relating to object represen- tation, referring intentions, and choice of rehrring expression. I then present a cognitive model of referring, the components of which correspond to this analysis, and discuss the interac- tion that takes place among those components. Finally, the implementation of this model, now in progress, is described.