Paper: Two Accounts Of Scope Availability And Semantic Underspecification

ACL ID P99-1038
Title Two Accounts Of Scope Availability And Semantic Underspecification
Venue Annual Meeting of the Association of Computational Linguistics
Session Main Conference
Year 1999
Authors

We propose a formal system for representing the available readings of sentences displaying quan- tifier scope ambiguity, in which partial scopes may be expressed. We show that using a theory of scope availability based upon the function- argument structure of a sentence allows a deter- ministic, polynomial time test for the availabil- ity of a reading, while solving the same problem within theories based on the well-formedness of sentences in the meaning language has been shown to be NP-hard.