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Tue Aug 12 2003

Books: Disc Analysis/Cogn Science: Asher, Lascarides

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Message 1: Logics of Conversation: Asher, Lascarides

Date: Tue, 12 Aug 2003 11:10:51 +0000
From: jreid <>
Subject: Logics of Conversation: Asher, Lascarides

Title: Logics of Conversation
Series Title: Studies in Natural Language Processing
Publication Year: 2003
Publisher: Cambridge University Press		 
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Author: Nicholas Asher, University of Texas, Austin, TX 
Author: Alex Lascarides, University of Edinburgh, Edinburgh, Scotland,

Hardback: ISBN: 0521650585, Pages: 548, Price: $70.00

People often mean more than they say because grammar is typically
insufficient for determining the full meaning of an utterance. The
assumption that the discourse is coherent or "makes sense" has an
important role to play in determining meaning as well. This study
presents a dynamic semantic framework called Segmented Discourse
Representation Theory, or SDRT, where the interaction between
discourse coherence and discourse interpretation is explored in a
logically precise manner.


Preface; Acknowledgements; 1. Motivations; 2. Semantic models of
discourse interpretation; 3. Pragmatic models of discourse
interpretation; 4. The logical form of discourse; 5. Building logical
forms for discourse; 6. The lexicon and discourse structure;
7. Discourse relations for dialogue; 8. Disputes in dialogue;
9. Cognitive modelling; 10. Some concluding remarks: A. Objections and
replies; B. Notation index; C. The semantics of DRT; D. Glossary of
discourse relations; E. Summary of discourse update; F. Some proofs in
the glue logic.

Lingfield(s): Cognitive Science
		General Linguistics
		Discourse Analysis
Written In: English (Language Code: ENG)

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