The Impact of Syntax on the Interpretation and Graphical Depiction of Underspecified Propositions

Kalb, Aaron, Barker-Plummer, Dave, Cox, Richard and Dale, Robert (2010) The Impact of Syntax on the Interpretation and Graphical Depiction of Underspecified Propositions. In: 32nd Annual Conference of the Cognitive Science Society (2010), Portland, Oregon.

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Abstract

Different representational systems permit differing degrees and forms of ambiguity and underspecification in the content they represent. Independently of this observation, a notable feature of natural language as a representational system is that it allows the same content to be expressed in different ways. In this paper, we examine the interaction of these two obser- vations; in particular, we explore a number of linguistic forms involving underspecified content, and look at how subjects ex- press the content of these linguistic forms both in logic and in diagrams. Our analysis demonstrates that variations in syntac- tic realization of the same semantic content lead to different interpretations of that content.

Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Paper)
Schools and Departments: School of Engineering and Informatics > Informatics
Depositing User: Richard Cox
Date Deposited: 06 Feb 2012 19:48
Last Modified: 13 Apr 2012 09:34
URI: http://sro.sussex.ac.uk/id/eprint/22276
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