Université de Neuchâtel

Structure et inférence : la question de l'anaphore

Bourquin, Daniel ; Miéville, Denis (Dir.)

Thèse de doctorat : , 2009 ; Th. 2109.

In this work, we re-evaluate the importance of the question of anaphora for formal semantics and for general semantics, analysing in detail the famous problem of donkey sentences (e.g. “If a farmer owns a donkey, he beats it”), which are difficult to formalise in first order logic. We argue for a structural and inferential approach to semantics which respects the principles of...