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Taking Scope: The Natural Semantics of Quantifiers

Mark Steedman


This book considers the syntax and semantics of quantifier-scope in interaction with negation, polarity, coordination, and pronominal binding, among other constructions. The semantics is “surface compositional,” in that there is a direct correspondence between syntactic types and operations of composition and types and compositions at the level of logical form. In that sense, the semantics is in the “natural logic” tradition of Aristotle, Gottfried Willhelm von Leibniz, Gottlob Frege, Bertrand Russell, and others who sought to define a psychologically real logic directly reflecting natural lan ... More

Keywords: syntax, semantics, quantifier-scope, negation, polarity, coordination, pronominal binding, syntactic types, operations of composition, logical form

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780262017077
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: August 2013 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262017077.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Mark Steedman, author