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Give a full semantic analysis for the sentence: The very tall man laughed. 


In your analysis:

  1. Give a phrase structure tree for the sentence.
  2. Propose semantic types for each node in the tree.
  3. Give lambda terms specifying the semantic values of the individual words in the sentence.
  4. Calculate the semantic values up the tree by combining lambda terms. 


Then test your theory by seeing what it predicts for: The very very tall man laughed.


Does it matter which of the following tree structures is given to very very

tall: 


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Are your predicted truth conditions for The very very tall man laughed reasonable?

What happens if you use your given semantic value for very in forming the expression very bald? 

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