Plausible Reasoning and the Resolution of Quantifier Scope Ambiguities
Source: Studia Logica, Volume 67, Number 2, 20 March 2001 , pp. 271-289(19)
Abstract:Despite overwhelming evidence suggesting that quantifier scope is a phenomenon that must be treated at the pragmatic level, most computational treatments of scope ambiguities have thus far been a collection of syntactically motivated preference rules. This might be in part due to the prevailing wisdom that a commonsense inferencing strategy would require the storage of and reasoning with a vast amount of background knowledge. In this paper we hope to demonstrate that the challenge in developing a commonsense inferencing strategy is in the discovery of the relevant commonsense data and in a proper formulation of the inferencing strategy itself, and that a massive amount of background knowledge is not always required. In particular, we present a very effective procedure for resolving quantifier scope ambiguities at the pragmatic level using simple 'quantitative' data that is readily available in most database environments.
Document Type: Regular Paper
Affiliations: 1: School of Computer Science University of Windsor Windsor, ON Canada, N9B-3P4 firstname.lastname@example.org 2: School of Computer Science Carleton University Ottawa, ON Canada, K1S-5B6 email@example.com
Publication date: 20 March 2001