Presupposition projection as proof constructionReport as inadecuate

Author: Emiel Krahmer and Paul Piwek



Even though Van der Sandt's presuppositions as anaphora approach is empirically successful, it fails to give a formal account of the interaction between world-knowledge and presuppositions.
In this paper, an algorithm is sketched which is based on the idea of presuppositions as anaphora.
It improves on this approach by employing a deductive system, Constructive Type Theory (CTT), to get a formal handle on the way world-knowledge influences presupposition projection.
In CTT, proofs for expressions are explicitly represented as objects.
These objects can be seen as a generalization of DRT's discourse markers.
They are useful in dealing with presuppositional phenomena which require world-knowledge, such as Clark's bridging examples and Beaver's conditional presuppositions ...

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