X-Git-Url: http://lambda.jimpryor.net/git/gitweb.cgi?p=lambda.git;a=blobdiff_plain;f=week2.mdwn;h=49a7e8d5af7632592a80b80b6351058bb97c1a7c;hp=d1d02faf0a9159ac7de0adc510a54047d21e5fe5;hb=9efbe94f74c2ea61522fcdb3e3d012fde6034fcd;hpb=9f898ef1e2b5b165f3692c1c848d1dab1a71b8cc diff --git a/week2.mdwn b/week2.mdwn index d1d02faf..49a7e8d5 100644 --- a/week2.mdwn +++ b/week2.mdwn @@ -101,9 +101,8 @@ One can do that with a very spare set of basic combinators. These days the stand There are some well-known linguistic applications of Combinatory Logic, due to Anna Szabolcsi, Mark Steedman, and Pauline Jacobson. -Szabolcsi supposed that the meanings of certain expressions could be -insightfully expressed in the form of combinators. - +They claim that natural language semantics is a combinatory system: that every +natural language denotation is a combinator. For instance, Szabolcsi argues that reflexive pronouns are argument duplicators. @@ -111,7 +110,7 @@ duplicators. ![reflexive](http://lambda.jimpryor.net/szabolcsi-reflexive.jpg) Notice that the semantic value of *himself* is exactly `W`. -The reflexive pronoun in direct object position combines first with the transitive verb (through compositional magic we won't go into here). The result is an intransitive verb phrase that takes a subject argument, duplicates that argument, and feeds the two copies to the transitive verb meaning. +The reflexive pronoun in direct object position combines with the transitive verb. The result is an intransitive verb phrase that takes a subject argument, duplicates that argument, and feeds the two copies to the transitive verb meaning. Note that `W <~~> S(CI)`: