Towards a probabilistic semantics for natural language

Roberts, Lesley (2005). Towards a probabilistic semantics for natural language PhD Thesis, School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics, The University of Queensland.

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Author Roberts, Lesley
Thesis Title Towards a probabilistic semantics for natural language
School, Centre or Institute School of History, Philosophy, Religion and Classics
Institution The University of Queensland
Publication date 2005
Thesis type PhD Thesis
Supervisor Dr Dominic Hyde
Total pages 221
Collection year 2005
Language eng
Subjects L
780199 Other
440106 Logic
Formatted abstract

This thesis has two aims: firstly, to explore the possibility of using probability theory to give an account of meaning (as in intension) for natural language and, secondly, to provide formal probabilistic semantics for several paraconsistent logics. The first aim results in the sketch of a probabilistic evidential role semantics for natural language, which is presented in Chapter 8. The second aim results in formal probabilistic semantics for First Degree Entailment (FDE) and the Logic of Paradox (LP) presented in Chapter 6, together with semantics for the relevant logics, B+ and B, which are presented in Chapter 7. 

The thesis falls in two parts. The first part, from Chapters 1-5, explores several theories of meaning for natural language with the view of identifying important concepts and lessons that can be used to develop a probabilistic account. The second part consists of Chapters 6-8 where the semantic theories are developed.  

Keyword Probabilities
Semantics (Philosophy)

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