Quantification and Commonsense Reasoning

Walid S. Saba, Jean-Pierre Corriveau

Traditional approaches to the resolution of quantifier scope ambiguity are based on devising syntactic and semantic rules to eliminate a multitude of otherwise equally valid readings. This approach is neither cognitively nor computationally plausible. Instead we suggest a cognitively plausible model to quantifier scope using a "quantificational restriction" which we assume speakers of ordinary language compute in appropriately defined contexts.

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