Scope in an incremental context

Asad Sayeed

This is an interdisciplinary course intended to bring together students from psycholinguistic and computational backgrounds in order to explore the question of the interpretation of ambiguous scopes under conditions of incremental understanding. Scope ambiguities (quantifier, negation, etc.) are common in language, but human language users usually have very little trouble settling on an interpretation in context. However, the interaction
of contextual information with incrementally-built formal structure
is not well-understood for scope.

This course will go through the evidence for theories of time course of scope ambiguity identification and resolution from a psycholinguistic perspective, the adaptation of well-researched formal approaches to the
incremental context of scope, and the computational basis for integrating
pragmatic knowledge into the resolution process.