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Mental Representation

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This chapter presents a logical treatment of the outputs of the algorithm of interpretation, and discusses its philosophical interpretation as an account of the mental representations assumed by philosophers from Aristotle to Husserl. It tries to show that the structures as (re)developed in the chapter have important advantages in the treatment of belief attributions and the theory of definite expressions, as well as in the treatment of quantifier scope ambiguities, in combination with the interpretation algorithm. The chapter shows that multisets of contextualised linked concepts can be seen as logical representations of contexts and the content of utterances. It presents an account of the true conditional meaning of natural language utterances. Production collaborates with prior probability in selecting full representations for verbal and other signals in a context. The chapter defines the contribution of the representations as an update of the context.

Keywords: algorithm; Aristotle; definite expressions; Husserl; mental representation



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