Probability in Semantics

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In truth-conditional theories of the semantics of natural language, the main tool used is logic. There are, however, cases where a probabilistic account is attractive. The role of probability can vary from complementing a truth-conditional account to replacing it. In this article, I discuss three test cases of the use of probability in semantics: generics and frequency adverbs, vagueness, and conditionals. For each case, I examine the motivation for using probability and the role it plays in the theory.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)265-281
Number of pages17
JournalLinguistics and Language Compass
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2009

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Linguistics and Language


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