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Enriched Meanings

Natural Language Semantics with Category Theory

Ash Asudeh and Gianluca Giorgolo

September 2020

ISBN: 9780198847861

192 pages
Paperback
246x171mm

Oxford Studies in Semantics and Pragmatics

Price: £29.99

This book develops a theory of enriched meanings for natural language interpretation that uses the concept of monads and related ideas from category theory. The volume is interdisciplinary in nature, and will appeal to graduate students and researchers from a range of disciplines interested in natural language understanding and representation.

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This book develops a theory of enriched meanings for natural language interpretation that uses the concept of monads and related ideas from category theory. The volume is interdisciplinary in nature, and will appeal to graduate students and researchers from a range of disciplines interested in natural language understanding and representation.

  • Presents a novel approach to natural language interpretation using the concept of monads and category theory
  • Accompanied by exercises to aid understanding, and online computational tools
  • Interdisciplinary in nature, with insights from semantics and pragmatics, philosophy of language, psychology, and computer science

About the Author(s)

Ash Asudeh, Professor, Department of Linguistics, and Director of the Center for Language Sciences, University of Rochester, and Gianluca Giorgolo, Independent Scholar

Ash Asudeh is a Professor in the Department of Linguistics and the Director of the Center for Language Sciences at the University of Rochester. He has previously held positions at Carleton University and the University of Oxford. His research interests include syntax, semantics, pragmatics, language and logic, and cognitive science. He has published extensively on the syntax-semantics interface, particularly in the frameworks of Lexical-Functional Grammar and Glue Semantics, and is the author of The Logic of Pronominal Resumption (OUP, 2012) and, with Joan Bresnan, Ida Toivonen, and Stephen Wechsler, of Lexical-Functional Syntax, 2nd ed (Wiley-Blackwell, 2016).

Gianluca Giorgolo is an independent software engineer based in Modena, Italy. He was previously a Marie Curie Fellow at the University of Oxford, in the Faculty of Linguistics, Philology and Phonetics, a Research Associate at King's College London, and an ERA Postdoctoral Fellow at Carleton University, in the Institute of Cognitive Science. His work has been published in journals such as Semantics and Pragmatics and in the proceedings of conferences on Lexical-Functional Grammar, semantics, and cognitive science

Table of Contents

    1:Introduction
    Part I: Background
    2:Enriched meanings in semantics and pragmatics
    3:Category theory
    Part II: Case Studies
    4:Conventional implicature
    5:Perspectival reference
    6:Uncertainty and conjunction fallacies
    Part III: Composition and Interactions
    7:Monad combinatorics
    8:Conclusion