Paper: Towards A Cognitively Plausible Model For Quantification

ACL ID P95-1051
Title Towards A Cognitively Plausible Model For Quantification
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1995
Authors
  • Walid S. Saba (AT&T Bell Labs, Murray Hill NJ; Carleton University, Ottawa ON)

The purpose of this paper is to suggest that quantifiers in natural languages do not have a fixed truth functional meaning as has long been held in logical semantics. Instead we suggest that quantifiers can best be modeled as complex inference procedures that are highly dynamic and sensitive to the linguistic context, as well as time and memory constraints 1.