Dick Oehrle (University of Arizona)
Broadly construed, dynamic semantics views interpretation as a process that is both context-dependent and context-affecting. Context-dependence is illustrated most dramatically by indexicals; context-affectingness by the interpretation of indefinites. But the framework is quite general: schematically, we can represent the interpretation of an expression ß as
where C represents the input context and C' the output context. This schematic representation raises obvious questions:
In this paper, we sketch how a dynamic account of English binding and anaphora can be formulated, illustrating how structured contexts can be constructed and accessed as a by-product of grammatical composition in a system of labeled deduction (Oehrle, 1995). Our focus is on the applicability of finite-state methods to the dynamics of interpretation in this system.