From semantic restrictions to reciprocal meanings

Sivan Sabato, Yoad Winter

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This paper proposes a new approach to the interpretation of reciprocal expressions
using the Strongest Meaning Hypothesis of Dalrymple et al. (1998). We propose a system in which reciprocal meanings are derived directly from semantic restrictions using the SMH, and characterize this derivation process. We present methods to construct a linguistic test for the availability of a reciprocal meaning, or otherwise to prove that a specific meaning is not available for reciprocals. These methods are then used to analyze two controversial reciprocal meanings.
Original languageEnglish GB
Title of host publicationProceedings of FG-MoL 2005
Subtitle of host publicationThe 10th conference on Formal Grammar and The 9th Meeting on Mathematics of Language
StatePublished - 2005


  • STtrongest Meaning Hypothesis
  • Reciprocal Expressions
  • Semantic Restrictions


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