Paper: Negative Polarity Licensing At The Syntax-Semantics Interface

ACL ID P97-1019
Title Negative Polarity Licensing At The Syntax-Semantics Interface
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1997
  • John Fry (Stanford University, Stanford CA; Palo Alto Research Center, Palo Alto CA)

Recent work on the syntax-semantics in- terface (see e.g. (Dalrymple et al. , 1994)) uses a fragment of linear logic as a 'glue language' for assembling meanings compositionally. This paper presents a glue language account of how nega- tive polarity items (e.g. ever, any) get licensed within the scope of negative or downward-entailing contexts (Ladusaw, 1979), e.g. Nobody ever left. This treat- ment of licensing operates precisely at the syntax-semantics interface, since it is car- ried out entirely within the interface glue language (linear logic). In addition to the account of negative polarity licensing, we show in detail how linear-logic proof nets (Girard, 1987; Gallier, 1992) can be used for efficient meaning deduction within this 'glue language' framework. 1 Background A recent stra...