Representing Time in Natural Language: The Dynamic Interpretation of Tense and Aspect
""Representing Time in Natural Language" will become a standard reference for graduate students, researchers in linguistics, and also for computer ... Show synopsis ""Representing Time in Natural Language" will become a standard reference for graduate students, researchers in linguistics, and also for computer scientists who are interested in representing time in knowledge bases and in natural-language understanding systems. Finally, it will be of interest to philosophers of logic and language who wish to understand the phenomena surrounding tense and aspect." -- Jeff Pelletier, University of Alberta Alice ter Meulen integrates current research in natural language semantics with detailed analyses of English discourse and logical tools into an information theory that provides the foundation for computational systems to reason about change and the flow of time. She offers a systematic account of how we use temporal information contained in a text or in discourse to reason about the flow of time. A new representational toolkit is designed to formalize an appropriately context-dependent notion of situated inference.