CLIN 2005 Abstracts
  • Monotonicity, Syllogistics and Natural Reasoning
    Fabian Battaglini (Uil-OTS, Utrecht)
    Jan van Eijck (Uil-OTS, Utrecht; CWI, Amsterdam)
    We analyse the fine structure of syllogistic reasoning in terms of applications of the rules of symmetry, monotonicity, and existential import, and we develop a version of natural logic for a fragment of natural language in terms of these rules. We will attempt to connect up to concrete examples of how monotonicity can explain various aspects of reasoning competence and performance. If there is time, we will demonstrate an implementation of a natural reasoning engine for a fragment of natural language.