Game-Theoretical Semantics: Essays on Semantics by Hintikka, Carlson, Peacocke, Rantala and Saarinen
Springer Science & Business Media, Nov 5, 2007 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 394 pages
This book is a collection of studies applying game-theoretical concepts and ideas to analysing the semantics of natural language and some formal languages. The bulk of the book consists of several papers by Hintikka, Carlson and Saarinen and discusses several of the central problems of the semantics of natural language.
The topics covered are the semantics of natural language quantifiers, conditionals, pronouns and anaphora more generally. Hintikka’s famous essay presenting examples of "branching quantifier structures" in English, as well as one formulating his "any-every thesis", are included. The book also includes Hintikka’s closely argued philosophical discussion of the relationships between the new semantical games with the language games of Wittgenstein. Other papers apply the game-theoretical approach to formal languages including tense logics and tense anaphora (Saarinen), deontic logic and Ross’ paradox (Hintikka), and usual predicate logic (Rantala). The latter amounts to an explication of the "impossible possible" worlds as is shown in Hintikka’s concluding paper.
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QUANTIFIERS IN LOGIC AND QUANTIFIERS IN NATURAL LANGUAGES
QUANTIFIERS VS QUANTIFICATION THEORY
SOME LOGICAL PROBLEMS
COMMENTS ON PROFESSOR HINTIKKAS PAPER
REJOINDER TO PEACOCKE
SEMANTICAL GAMES AND THE BACHPETERS PARADOX
CONDITIONALS GENERIC QUANTIFIERS AND OTHER APPLICATIONS OF SUBGAMES
BACKWARDSLOOKING OPERATORS IN TENSE LOGIC AND IN NATURAL LANGUAGE
A CASE STUDY OF THE RELATIONS AMONG QUANTIFIERS PRONOUNS AND PROPOSITIONAL ATTITUDES
THE ROSS PARADOX AS EVIDENCE FOR THE REALITY OF SEMANTICAL GAMES
A NEW KIND OF NONSTANDARD MODEL FOR FIRSTORDER LOGIC
IMPOSSIBLE POSSIBLE WORLDS VINDICATED
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