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    Presupposition and the delimitation of semantics.Ruth M. Kempson - 1975 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    In this book, first published in 1975, Dr Kempson argues that previous work on presupposition - whether in philosophy or linguistics - has been mistakenly based on a conflation of two different disciplines: semantics, the study of the meanings assigned to the formal system which constitutes a language, and pragmatics, the study of the use of that system in communication. The first part of the book deals generally with the nature of semantics in linguistic theory and its formal representation within (...)
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  2. Semantic theory.Ruth M. Kempson - 1977 - New York: Cambridge University Press.
    Semantics is a bridge discipline between linguistics and philosophy; but linguistics student are rarely able to reach that bridge, let alone cross it to inspect and assess the activity on the other side. Professor Kempson's textbook seeks particularly to encourage such exchanges. She deals with the standard linguistic topics like componential analysis, semantic universals and the syntax-semantics controversy. But she also provides for students with no training in philosophy or logic an introduction to such central topics in the philosophy of (...)
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    Ambiguity and quantification.Ruth M. Kempson & Annabel Cormack - 1980 - Linguistics and Philosophy 4 (2):259 - 309.
    In the opening sections of this paper, we defined ambiguity in terms of distinct sentences (for a single sentence-string) with, in particular, distinct sets of truth conditions for the corresponding negative sentence-string. Lexical vagueness was defined as equivalent to disjunction, for under conditions of the negation of a sentence-string containing such an expression, all the relevant more specific interpretations of the string had also to be negated. Yet in the case of mixed quantification sentences, the strengthened, more specific, interpretations of (...)
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  4. Ambiguity and the semantics-pragmatics distinction.Ruth Kempson - 1986 - In Charles Travis (ed.), Meaning and interpretation. New York, NY, USA: Blackwell. pp. 77--103.
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    Incrementality and Intention-Recognition in Utterance Processing.Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Ruth Kempson, Matthew Purver, Gregory Mills, Ronnie Cann, Wilfried Meyer-Viol & Patrick G. T. Healey - 2011 - Dialogue and Discourse 2 (1):199-232.
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    Mental Representations: The Interface between Language and Reality.Ruth M. Kempson (ed.) - 1988 - Cambridge University Press.
    This dynamic collection provides an overview of the relationship between linguistic form and interpretation as exemplified by the most influential of these ...
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    On 'Formal Games and Forms for Games'.Annabel Cormack & Ruth M. Kempson - 1980 - Linguistics and Philosophy 4 (3):431 - 435.
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    Quantification and pragmatics.Ruth M. Kempson & Annabel Cormack - 1980 - Linguistics and Philosophy 4 (4):607 - 618.
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  9. Formal semantics and representationalism.Ruth Kempson - 2019 - In Claudia Maienborn, Klaus von Heusinger & Paul Portner (eds.), Semantics: foundations, history and methods. Boston: De Gruyter.
     
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  10. Definite NPs and context-dependence: a unified theory of anaphora.Ruth Kempson - 1986 - In Charles Travis (ed.), Meaning and interpretation. New York, NY, USA: Blackwell. pp. 209--39.
     
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    What Do Words Do for Us?Ronnie Cann & Ruth Kempson - 2017 - Dialectica 71 (3):425-460.
    In this paper we adopt the hypothesis that languages are mechanisms for interaction, and that grammars encode the means by which such interaction may take place, by use of procedures that construct representations of meaning from strings of words uttered in context, and conversely strings of words are built up from representations of content in interaction with context. In a review of the systemic use of ellipsis in dialogue and associated split-utterance phenomena, we show how, in Dynamic Syntax, words give (...)
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  12. Context-Based Incremental Generation for Dialogue.Ruth Kempson & Matthew Purver - unknown
     
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    “Who's there?”: Depicting identity in interaction.Patrick G. T. Healey, Christine Howes, Ruth Kempson, Gregory J. Mills, Matthew Purver, Eleni Gregoromichelaki, Arash Eshghi & Julian Hough - 2023 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 46:e37.
    Social robots have limited social competences. This leads us to view them as depictions of social agents rather than actual social agents. However, people also have limited social competences. We argue that all social interaction involves the depiction of social roles and that they originate in, and are defined by, their function in accounting for failures of social competence.
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  14. Semantics, Pragmatics, and Natural-Language Interpretation.Ruth M. Kempson - 1996 - In Shalom Lappin (ed.), The handbook of contemporary semantic theory. Cambridge, Mass., USA: Blackwell Reference. pp. 561--598.
  15. Natural-Language Content: A Proof-Theoretic Perspective.Dov Gabbay & Ruth Kempson - 1992 - In Dov Gabbay & Ruth Kempson (eds.), Proceedings of the Eigth Amsterdam Formal Semantics Colloqium. University of Amsterdam.
     
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    Philosophy of linguistics.Ruth M. Kempson, Tim Fernando & Nicholas Asher (eds.) - 2012 - Boston: North Holland.
    Philosophy of Linguistics investigates the foundational concepts and methods of linguistics, the scientific study of human language. This groundbreaking collection, the most thorough treatment of the philosophy of linguistics ever published, brings together philosophers, scientists and historians to map out both the foundational assumptions set during the second half of the last century and the unfolding shifts in perspective in which more functionalist perspectives are explored. The opening chapter lays out the philosophical background in preparation for the papers that follow, (...)
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  17. Semantics: An Introduction to Meaning in Language.Ronnie Cann, Ruth Kempson & Eleni Gregoromichelaki - 2009 - Cambridge University Press.
    The study of meaning in language has developed dramatically over the last fifty years. Semantics is distinctive as it not only presents a general introduction to the topic, including the most recent developments, but it also provides a unique perspective for addressing current issues. It opens by introducing readers to the study of logic as the background against which developments have taken place. This demonstrates the link between semantics and the study of reasoning and how this view can provide new (...)
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    Language and proof theory.Dov Gabbay & Ruth Kempson - 1996 - Journal of Logic, Language and Information 5 (3-4):247-251.
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  19. Proceedings of the Eigth Amsterdam Formal Semantics Colloqium.Dov Gabbay & Ruth Kempson - 1992 - University of Amsterdam.
     
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    Action sequences instead of representational levels.Ruth Kempson & Eleni Gregoromichelaki - 2017 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 40.
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    Context and Compositionality: the Challenge of Conversational Dialogue.Ruth Kempson, Eleni Gregoromichelaki & Ronnie Cann - 2011 - In Piotr Stalmaszczyk (ed.), Philosophical and Formal Approaches to Linguistic Analysis. Ontos. pp. 215-240.
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    Deduction and Language.Ruth Kempson - 1995 - Logic Journal of the IGPL 3 (2-3):160-166.
  23. Dynamic Syntax and dialogue modelling: preliminaries for a dialogue-driven account of syntactic change.Ruth Kempson & Ronnie Cann - unknown
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    Ellipsis in a Labelled Deduction System.Ruth Kempson - 1995 - Logic Journal of the IGPL 3 (2-3):489-526.
    Using the LDSNL model of utterance interpretation being developed by Gabbay and Kempson , this paper demonstrates how the dynamics of the proof process adopted explains configurational restrictions imposed on the interpretation of elliptical fragments. The blurring of traditional semantic and syntactic dichotomies in the LDSNL proof-theoretic reconstruction of interpretation successfully provides a basis for predicting the array of variation displayed by different elliptical forms. The logic adopted is a composite system of a type logic nested within a database logic. (...)
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    Grammars as input systems.Ruth Kempson - 1987 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 10 (4):721.
  26. Grammar as procedures: Language, interaction, and the predictive turn.Ruth Kempson & Ronnie Cann - 2018 - In Ken Turner & Laurence R. Horn (eds.), Pragmatics, truth and underspecification: towards an atlas of meaning. Boston: Brill.
     
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  27. Growth of logical form: the dynamics of syntax.Ruth Kempson, Wilfried Meyer-Viol & Masayuki Otsuka - 2003 - In Jaroslav Peregrin (ed.), Meaning: the dynamic turn. Oxford, UK: Elsevier Science.
     
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    Grammars with parsing dynamics: A new perspective on alignment.Ruth Kempson - 2004 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 27 (2):202-203.
    This commentary argues that dialogue alignment can be explained if parsing-directed grammar formalisms are adopted. With syntax defined as monotonic growth of semantic representations as each word is parsed, alignment between interlocutors is shown to be expected. Hence, grammars can be evaluated according to relative success in characterizing dialogue phenomena.
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  29. Incrementality, Alignment and Shared Utterances.Ruth Kempson & Matthew Purver - unknown
     
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  30. Indefinites as Epsilon Terms: A Labelled Deduction Account.Ruth Kempson, Wilfried Meyer-Viol, Rodger Dibble & Dov Gabbay - unknown
     
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  31. Indefinites and scope choice.Ruth Kempson & Wilfried Meyer-Viol - 2004 - In Marga Reimer & Anne Bezuidenhout (eds.), Descriptions and beyond. New York: Oxford University Press.
     
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  32. Incremental Parsing, or Incremental Grammar?Ruth Kempson & Matthew Purver - unknown
     
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  33. Japanese Scrambling as Growth of Semantic Representation.Ruth Kempson - unknown
  34. Language Understanding: A Procedural Perspective.Ruth Kempson, Wilfried Meyer-Viol & Dov Gabbay - unknown
     
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    Mechanisms for interaction: Syntax as procedures for online interactive meaning building.Ruth Kempson, Stergios Chatzikyriakidis & Ronnie Cann - 2016 - Behavioral and Brain Sciences 39.
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  36. Nonrestrictive Relatives and Growth of Logical Form.Ruth Kempson - unknown
     
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  37. On Left and Right Dislocation: A Dynamic Perspective.Ruth Kempson, Ronnie Cann & Masayuki Otsuka - unknown
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  38. On What goes Left and What goes Right.Ruth Kempson, Ronnie Cann, Lutz Marten, Masayuki Otsuka & David Swinburne - unknown
  39. Relative clauses, left-periphery effects, and the dynamics of language processing.Ruth Kempson & Wilfried Meyer-Viol - unknown
     
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  40. Syntactic Computation as Labelled Deduction: WH a case study.Ruth Kempson, Wilfried Meyer-Viol & Dov Gabbay - unknown
     
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  41. Siswati Clefts: The Meeting Ground of Context and Contrast.Ruth Kempson, Nhlanhla Thwala & Lutz Marten - unknown
     
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  42. Talking and Listening: Dialogue and the Grammar-Pragmatics Interface.Ruth Kempson, Ronnie Cann & Matthew Purver - unknown
     
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  43. Topic, Focus and the Structural Dynamics of Language.Ruth Kempson, Ronnie Cann & Jieun Kiaer - unknown
     
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    Incremental Composition in Distributional Semantics.Matthew Purver, Mehrnoosh Sadrzadeh, Ruth Kempson, Gijs Wijnholds & Julian Hough - 2021 - Journal of Logic, Language and Information 30 (2):379-406.
    Despite the incremental nature of Dynamic Syntax, the semantic grounding of it remains that of predicate logic, itself grounded in set theory, so is poorly suited to expressing the rampantly context-relative nature of word meaning, and related phenomena such as incremental judgements of similarity needed for the modelling of disambiguation. Here, we show how DS can be assigned a compositional distributional semantics which enables such judgements and makes it possible to incrementally disambiguate language constructs using vector space semantics. Building on (...)
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