Paper: The Detection And Representation Of Ambiguities Of Intension And Description

ACL ID P86-1030
Title The Detection And Representation Of Ambiguities Of Intension And Description
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1986
Authors

Ambiguities related to intension and their consequent inference failures are a diverse group, both syntacti- cally and semantically. One particular kind of ambi- guity that has received little attention so far is whether it is the speaker or the third party to whom a description in an opaque third-party attitude report should be attributed. The different readings lead to different inferences in a system modeling the beliefs of external agents. We propose that a unified approach to the representation of the alternative readings of intension-related ambiguities can be based on the notion of a descriptor that is evaluated with respect to intensionality, the beliefs of agents, and a time of application. We describe such a representation, built on a standard modal logic, and show how it may be ...