Vagueness facilitates search

Kees van Deemter

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Abstract

This paper addresses the question why language is vague. A novel answer to this question is proposed, which complements other
answers suggested in the literature. It claims that vagueness can facilitate search, particularly in quasi-continuous domains (such as physical size, colour, or temperature), given that different speakers are likely to attach subtly different meanings to words (such as “tall”, “blue”, or “hot”) defined over such domains.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationLogic, Language and Meaning
Subtitle of host publication7th Amsterdam Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 16-18, 2009, Revised Selected Papers
EditorsMaria Aloni, Harald Bastiaanse, Tikitu de Jager, Katrin Schulz
Place of PublicationBerlin
PublisherSpringer Lecture Notes
Pages173-182
Number of pages10
ISBN (Print)978-3-642-14286-4, 3-642-14286-9
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 6 Oct 2010

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence
PublisherSpringer Berlin Heidelberg
Volume6042
ISSN (Print)0302-9743

Keywords

  • vague predicates
  • utility
  • search

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    van Deemter, K. (2010). Vagueness facilitates search. In M. Aloni, H. Bastiaanse, T. de Jager, & K. Schulz (Eds.), Logic, Language and Meaning: 7th Amsterdam Colloquium, Amsterdam, The Netherlands, December 16-18, 2009, Revised Selected Papers (pp. 173-182). (Lecture Notes in Artificial Intelligence; Vol. 6042). Springer Lecture Notes. https://doi.org/10.1007/978-3-642-14287-1_18