Gábor Alberti - Anna Szeteli - Judit Kleiber (PTE)

ReALIS-Inventory of "Possible Worlds" constituting the Intensional Profiles Conventionalized in Hungarian  


The current phase of our researches into pragmasemantics is the by-product of the creation of a computer program which operates on a continuously changing world-model with possible speakers and listeners speaking about the world and each other (Alberti and Nőthig 2015, Nőthig and Szeteli 2018, Szeteli, Alberti, Kleiber and Dóla 2018). The agents’ information states are also continuously changing depending on changes of the model of the outer world, including their messages sent to each other, and each other’s information states. As a groundwork, we identify the pragmasemantic components of some basic sentence types and discourse markers compositionally (Kas 2005, Gyuris 2009, Schirm 2011, Gärtner and Gyuris 2012, Farkas and Ohnmacht 2012, Kaufmann 2012, Lauer 2013, Fintel and Iatridou 2017, Halm 2017, Dér and Markó 2017, Kleiber and Alberti 2014, 2017, Szeteli and Alberti 2017, Szeteli 2017, etc.). Then we present how speakers with their psychological egos can be separated from linguistically conventionalized addresser roles (Austin 1975, Oishi 2014, 2016, Vadász, Alberti and Kleiber 2013, Alberti, Vadász and Kleiber 2014) and how many pragmasemantic phenomena can be captured through pattern matching between addressers’ conventional profiles and the corresponding speakers’ information states, including a few elements of politeness (Károly, Szeteli and Alberti 2017). In short, the program is ultimately designed to simulate human intelligence through modeling human communication and language-based cognition in order to improve our theoretical background on the basis of the functioning of the program. And vice versa, we intend to improve the “machine” by building in its information treatment mechanisms as much language-based human intelligence as possible. All in all, we claim that the implementation of our formal system can be regarded as taking the first steps towards simultaneously representing the outer world in its double role (Searle 1979): as (possible) world-models which our words should be aligned to in the course of a post-Montagovian style of dynamic interpretation  (words-->world; Karttunen 1976, Kamp et al. 2011, Asher and Lascarides 2003, Alberti, Kleiber and Kárpáti 2017) and as world-states (including states of human minds) that the acts of/in/by saying our words result in (world-->words).