Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings / Edition 1

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Overview

Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings is a collection of seminal papers that have shaped the field of formal semantics in linguistics.

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Editorial Reviews

From the Publisher
"This volume contains a well-balanced selection of great papers covering fifteen vibrant years of semantic research. My own definition of a classic paper is a paper that is endlessly borrowed by students, but rarely returned. The papers in this volume all share the property that somewhere in the world somebody owns my copy of them. It's great to find them all collected here." Fred Landman, Tel Aviv University

"Truth-conditional semantics has its roots in the work of Frege and analytic philosophy, which was designed to overcome the vagueness, ambiguities, and dubious ontological commitments of natural language. Curiously, this intellectual tradition provided the very foundation for the serious study of meaning in natural language. This collection of seminal articles bears witness to this astonishing development; it should be essential reading for linguists and philosophers who are seriously interested in linguistic meaning." Manfred Krifka, Humboldt University

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780631215424
  • Publisher: Wiley
  • Publication date: 10/21/2002
  • Series: Linguistics: The Essential Readings Series , #1
  • Edition description: New Edition
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 500
  • Product dimensions: 9.61 (w) x 6.69 (h) x 1.00 (d)

Meet the Author

Paul Portner is Associate Professor of Linguistics and Acting Director of the Interdisciplinary Program in Cognitive Science at Georgetown University. He is the author of numerous articles on topics such as mood and modality, tense and aspect, and the syntax/semantics interface.

Barbara H. Partee is Distinguished University Professor of Linguistics and Philosophy at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst and is the author of several landmark essays in formal semantics. She has written and edited numerous books, including Mathematical Methods in Linguistics (with Alice ter Meulen and Robert Wall, 1990), Montague Grammar (edited, 1976), and Quantification in Natural Languages (edited, with Emmon Bach, Eloise Jelinek, and Angelika Kratzer, 1995).

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Table of Contents

Acknowledgments
Introduction 1
1 The Proper Treatment of Quantification in Ordinary English 17
2 A Unified Analysis of the English Bare Plural 35
3 Generalized Quantifiers and Natural Language 75
4 The Logical Analysis of Plurals and Mass Terms: A Lattice-theoretical Approach 127
5 Assertion 147
6 Scorekeeping in a Language Game 162
7 Adverbs of Quantification 178
8 A Theory of Truth and Semantic Representation 189
9 File Change Semantics and the Familiarity Theory of Definiteness 223
10 On the Projection Problem for Presuppositions 249
11 Toward a Semantic Analysis of Verb Aspect and the English "Imperfective" Progressive 261
12 The Notional Category of Modality 289
13 The Algebra of Events 324
14 Generalized Conjunction and Type Ambiguity 334
15 Noun Phrase Interpretation and Type-shifting Principles 357
16 Syntax and Semantics of Questions 382
17 Type-shifting Rules and the Semantics of Interrogatives 421
18 On the Notion Affective in the Analysis of Negative-polarity Items 457
Index 471
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