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Tim Fernando "String iconicity and granularity"

Research profile seminar

Research profile seminar

Iconicity, resemblance of form to meaning, is exemplified by a string, understood both as a regular expression and as the one element of the set denoted by that expression. Not all regular expressions resemble their denotations quite so transparently. And less iconic still are the abstract formulas of Monadic Second-Order logic over strings, which Buechi, Elgot and Trakhtentbrot have shown to denote also the sets of strings accepted by finite automata. That said, conceptualising strings as models of predicate logic suggests useful notions of granularity for form-meaning likeness. These notions are applied (in the talk) to two important assumptions about meaning in present-day investigations into natural language semantics. In the words of Simon Dobnik and Eric de Graaf (citing Robin Cooper's forthcoming monograph, among others), meaning is (1) agent-relative and continuously adapted in interaction with other agents and the environment, and (2) multi-modal. I will describe (1) automata as agents, focusing on strings that depict their runs alongside other automata runs in a record, and (2) applications to pictorial narratives, refining sequence iconicity against a conception of time based on events.

Lecturer: Tim Fernando

Date: 10/21/2019

Time: 1:15 PM - 3:00 PM

Categories: Linguistics

Organizer: CLASP

Location: C264 Seminar room (Humanisten) Renströmsgatan 6

Contact person: Stergios Chatzikyriakidis


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