Minimal erotetic semantics

Andrzej Wi¶niewski (Adam Mickiewicz University, Poznań)

We generalize Belnap's erotetic semantics (cf. [1]) in two directions. First, we modify the general setting: partitions of a language (cf . [2]) are used as the starting point, and all the semantic concepts pertaining to questions are defined in terms of admissible partitions. These, in turn, are determined by intended interpretations of basic concepts of a language. Second, we introduce some new erotetic concepts and we redefine some "old" concepts. In particular, corrective answers and eliminative answers are under scrutiny.


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