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Prashant Parikh

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9780262013451

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262013451.001.0001

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Noun Phrases

Noun Phrases

(p.230) (p.231) 6 Noun Phrases
Language and Equilibrium

Prashant Parikh

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Equilibrium semantics is now applied to a variety of noun phrases. This chapter focuses on the author’s preferred accounts of these phenomena within the system of constraints SCIF [syntactic constraint (S), conventional constraint (C), informational constraint (I), flow constraint (F)] and the undergirding frameworks of situation theory and game theory. Alternative theories of C and I compatible with F are quite possible and the author’s own views are advanced tentatively. These accounts are developed based on the belief that the ideas of reference, use, indeterminacy, and equilibrium have to play a crucial role in any theory aspiring to explain the behavior of noun phrases just as with all other expression.

Keywords:   equilibrium semantics, syntactic constraint, conventional constraint, informational constraint, flow constraint, situation theory, game theory

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