Two Accounts of Scope Availability and Semantic Underspecification

Alistair Willis, Suresh Manandhar

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We propose a formal system for representing the available readings of sentences displaying quantifier scope ambiguity, in which <i>partial</i> scopes may be expressed. We show that using a theory of scope availability based upon the function-argument structure of a sentence allows a deterministic, polynomial time test for the availability of a reading, while solving the same problem within theories based on the well-formedness of sentences in the meaning language has been shown to be NP-hard.
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Publication statusPublished - 1999

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