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  1. Reinhard Blutner & Henk Zeevat, Editor's Introduction: Pragmatics in Optimality Theory.
    Based on the tenets of the so-called ‘radical pragmatics’ school (see, for instance, Cole, 1981), this book takes a particular view with regard to the relationship between content and linguistically encoded meaning. The traditional view embodied in the work of Montague and Kaplan (e.g., Kaplan, 1979; Montague, 1970) sees content being fully determined by linguistic meaning relative to a contextual index. In contrast, the radical view takes it that, although linguistic meaning is clearly important to content, it does not determine (...)
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  2. Reinhard Blutner & Peter Beim Graben (2013). The (Virtual) Conceptual Necessity of Quantum Probabilities in Cognitive Psychology. Behavioral and Brain Sciences 36 (3):280-281.
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  3. Reinhard Blutner, Emmanuel M. Pothos & Peter Bruza (2013). A Quantum Probability Perspective on Borderline Vagueness. Topics in Cognitive Science 5 (4):711-736.
    The term “vagueness” describes a property of natural concepts, which normally have fuzzy boundaries, admit borderline cases, and are susceptible to Zeno's sorites paradox. We will discuss the psychology of vagueness, especially experiments investigating the judgment of borderline cases and contradictions. In the theoretical part, we will propose a probabilistic model that describes the quantitative characteristics of the experimental finding and extends Alxatib's and Pelletier's () theoretical analysis. The model is based on a Hopfield network for predicting truth values. Powerful (...)
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  4. Reinhard Blutner (2012). Questions and Answers in an Orthoalgebraic Approach. Journal of Logic, Language and Information 21 (3):237-277.
    Taking the lead from orthodox quantum theory, I will introduce a handy generalization of the Boolean approach to propositions and questions: the orthoalgebraic framework. I will demonstrate that this formalism relates to a formal theory of questions (or ‘observables’ in the physicist’s jargon). This theory allows formulating attitude questions, which normally are non-commuting, i.e., the ordering of the questions affects the answer behavior of attitude questions. Further, it allows the expression of conditional questions such as “If Mary reads the book, (...)
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  5. Reinhard Blutner (2004). Nonmonotonic Inferences and Neural Networks. Synthese 142 (2):143 - 174.
    There is a gap between two different modes of computation: the symbolic mode and the subsymbolic (neuron-like) mode. The aim of this paper is to overcome this gap by viewing symbolism as a high-level description of the properties of (a class of) neural networks. Combining methods of algebraic semantics and non-monotonic logic, the possibility of integrating both modes of viewing cognition is demonstrated. The main results are (a) that certain activities of connectionist networks can be interpreted as non-monotonic inferences, and (...)
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  6. Reinhard Blutner, Petra Hendriks, Helen de Hoop & Oren Schwartz (2004). When Compositionality Fails to Predict Systematicity. In Simon D. Levy & Ross Gayler (eds.), Compositional Connectionism in Cognitive Science. AAAI Press.
    has to do with the acquisition of encyclopedic knowledge.
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  7. Reinhard Blutner (2002). Bruce Tesar and Paul Smolensky, Learnability in Optimality Theory. Linguistics and Philosophy 25 (1):65-80.
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  8. Reinhard Blutner (1993). Dynamic Generalized Quantifiers and Existential Sentences in Natural Languages. Journal of Semantics 10 (1):33-64.
    The central topic to be discussed in this paper is the definiteness restriction in there-insertion contexts. Various attempts to explain this definiteness restriction using the standard algebraic framework are discussed (Barwise & Cooper 1981; Keenan 1978; Milsark 1974; Higginbortham 1987; Lappin 1988) and the shortcomings of these attempts are demonstrated. Finally, a new approach to the interpretation of existential there be-sentences is developed within the framework of Groenendijk & Stokhof's (1990) Dynamic Montague Grammar. This approach makes use of a variant (...)
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  9. Carola Eschenbach & Reinhard Blutner (1993). Jqurnal qf semantics. Journal of Semantics 10.
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