Information in Natural Language
David Bourget (Western Ontario)
David Chalmers (ANU, NYU)
Rafael De Clercq
Jack Alan Reynolds
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Natural languages are vehicles of information, arguably the most important, certainly the most ubiquitous that humans possess. Our everyday interactions with the world, with each other and with ourselves depend on them. And even where in the specialised contexts of science we use dedicated formalisms to convey information, their use is embedded in natural language. This omnipresence of natural language is due in large part to its ﬂexibility, which is almost always a virtue, sometimes a vice. Natural languages are able to carry information in a wide variety of ways, about a seemingly unlimited range of topics, which makes them both eﬃcient and versatile, and hence useful in almost every circumstance. But sometimes, when pinpoint precision is what counts, this versatility can get in the..
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