Inference through Alternative-Set Semantics

Gann Bierner, Bonnie Webber

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We show how alternative set semantics can be used to analyze a class of lexical items frequently found in natural language requests to search engines and databases (including other (than), such (as), and besides as well as better , faster , and other comparatives ). We show how the analyses allow us to infer properties of entities, as in the bolded phrase above where other licenses the inference that better and faster are comparatives.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)259-274
JournalJournal of Language Computation
Issue number2
Publication statusPublished - 2000


  • alternative set semantics
  • inference
  • presupposition


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