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Common Sense Entailment

Dr. Stanley Peters

Tuesday, September 27, 2011, 01:00pm - 02:00pm

Stanford University, Department of Linguistics

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Competent language users'  untutored intuitions about what follows from statements - their own and others' - are sometimes disparaged by logicians, often a crux of dispute by linguists and psycholinguists, vital to philosophers of language's theorizing about the pragmatics of language use, and increasingly pertinent for computational processing of language. Renewed attempts to characterize this sort of entailment are timely, and may add some orderliness to theorizing about how it connects with some related notions (deductive consequence, conversational implicature, inductive consequence, presupposition, etc.). The talk will examine these issues from the perspectives of communication, interaction among intelligent agents, and theorizing about language.

Dr. Stanley Peters