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A Semantic Ontology for Dialogue

Jonathan Ginzburg

in The Interactive Stance

Published in print January 2012 | ISBN: 9780199697922
Published online May 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780191738425 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780199697922.003.0003
A Semantic Ontology for Dialogue

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This chapter describes the semantic ontology which is the basis for subsequent representation of dialogue contexts. It suggests that a semantic ontology for dialogue needs to provide the following: firstly, a theory of events/situations; secondly, a theory of abstract entities, including an explication of what propositions and questions are; and, thirdly, an account of Grounding/Clarification Interaction conditions. It is argued that the logical framework of Type Theory with Records (TTR) — synthesizing as it does insights from Situation Semantics, Discourse Representation Theory, and Montague Semantics — is particularly adept for this. A detailed introduction to TTR is provided.

Keywords: semantic ontology; Type Theory; Situation Semantics; Abstract Entities; propositions; questions

Chapter.  12044 words. 

Subjects: Psycholinguistics

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