Comparative Semantics for Nordic Languages

A project funded by NOS-H (117517/541)



Copenhagen Business School:

University of Oslo:

Project Description

Since its beginning around 1970 formal semantics has come to play an increasingly dominating role within linguistic semantics in general, and as a basis for computational linguistic applications in particular. Even though the aim has been to study the semantics of any natural language, most of the data considered has come from English, and, with a few notable exceptions such as Bach, Jelinek, Krazter and Partee (1995) and Bittner (1994) it has not been an explicit goal to separate between what is common to a class of languages and what is particular to English. We will investigate In addition to gaining larger insight into these languages, the work will be an important prerequisite for developing computational semantic tools for Nordic languages. The project focuses on three topics: Our research suggests that these topics are of particular interest because they illustrate areas in which the Nordic languages seem to differ from English and also areas in which the Nordic languages differ subtly from each other.

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