Presupposition Accommodation in a Constructive Update Semantics

Joris Hulstijn

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    Abstract

    Presupposition concerns information that is assumed to be part of the discourse-context by the speaker, as apparent from the syntactic form of the utterance. The hearer, being cooperative, will normally fill in missing presupposed information, provided it is compatible with his/her version of the discourse-context. Several different approaches to this process of presupposition accommodation can be characterized using update semantics with an additional stack-structure. Semantic
    tableaux can be used to represent the information states of update semantics. Branches of tableaux are constructed during interpretation. Therefore the approach may be labeled a constructive update semantics.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationCLIN VI
    Subtitle of host publicationpapers from the sixth CLIN Meeting
    EditorsGert Durieux, Walter Daelemans, Steven Gillis
    PublisherUniversity of Antwerp
    ISBN (Print)9789057280061
    Publication statusPublished - 1996
    Event6th Meeting on Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands, CLIN 1995
    - University of Antwerp, Antwerp, Belgium
    Duration: 1 Dec 19951 Dec 1995
    Conference number: 6

    Conference

    Conference6th Meeting on Computational Linguistics in the Netherlands, CLIN 1995
    Abbreviated titleCLIN
    CountryBelgium
    CityAntwerp
    Period1/12/951/12/95

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    Hulstijn, J. (1996). Presupposition Accommodation in a Constructive Update Semantics. In G. Durieux, W. Daelemans, & S. Gillis (Eds.), CLIN VI: papers from the sixth CLIN Meeting University of Antwerp.