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Re: possible readings of "John seeks a bike or a fish"
- Subject: Re: possible readings of "John seeks a bike or a fish"
- From: phri!sci.ccny.cuny.edu!rpi!zaphod.mps.ohio-state.edu!samsung!munnari.oz.au!uhccux!lee
- Date: 26 May 90 13:44:06 GMT
- >from: firstname.lastname@example.org.Hawaii.Edu (Greg Lee)
- Article: 4116 of sci.lang:
- Newsgroups: sci.lang
- Organization: University of Hawaii
- References: <265D4D6F.email@example.com>
From article <265D4D6F.firstname.lastname@example.org>, by email@example.com (John Cowan):
>A discussion on the articles "le" and "lo": In Lojban, a distinction is made
>between veridical and non-veridical description. A veridical description
>claims that the thing described actually exists and meets the description:
In an example with an indefinite and a single scope-taking element,
e.g. "John tries", a two way distinction for nominals suffices, since the
only possibilities are that the indefinite is in or out of one scope.
But what if there are two or more scope-taking items? Then the
indefinite may be in or out of several scopes. What do you do then?
(cf. `Mary doesn't want John to seek a bike.') A two-way, or n-way,
morphological classification of nominals can not in principle express
all the logical distinctions, because they are unbounded in number.