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|Abstract||Update semantics1 embodies a radical view on the relation between context and interpretation. The meaning of a sentence is identiﬁed with its context change potential, where contexts are identiﬁed with information states. The recursive deﬁnition of semantic interpretation is stated in terms of a process of updating an information state with a sentence. Meanings of sentences, then, are update functions. In general, these are partial functions, since the possibility to update with a sentence may depend on the fulﬁllment of certain constraints (presuppositions, the presence of antecedents for anaphora, etc.). It is important to note that context and interpretation are interdependent: the interpretation process depends on the context, `|
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