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From the Publisher"...an essential book for linguistics students and researchersinterested in the latest trends."
The Linguist List
“This book presents a highly innovative approach to thesemantics of natural language. The authors manage with admirableease to draw together insights from different fields and show howtheir theory can actually explain facts rather than simply assumingthem. This is not a trivial achievement: to derive even the mostsimple sounding conclusion requires a lot of effort. This book is atruly intellectual book, written with love for the subject. Iconsider it a must for everyone who is interested in events ornatural language semantics in general.” The Bulletin ofSymbolic Logic
“This fine book is a welcome addition to the Explorationsin Semantics series. The coverage of the very complex literature inthe area is very good. Content, style, and presentation are allexcellent, and tutorial exercises of the kind appropriate for useas a basis for a graduate seminar are included.”
Mark Steedman, University of Edinburgh
“This elegant book redefines the traditional study oftemporal reasoning. Merging insights from cognitive science,computer science, and linguistics, the authors propose an eventcalculus for natural language that is computationally tractable andlogically appealing. This original synthesis of AI and linguisticsemantics feels like a natural fit from the start.”
Johan van Benthem, University ofAmsterdam and StanfordUniversity
“This volume helps to bring the study of tense and aspect,and the correlative study of events in linguistic semantics, withinthe purview of algorithmic conceptions of meaning, and othernotions derived from abstract computer science. It will be animportant companion to classical logical and syntactic studies,contributing to what we may hope will be an eventual unification ofthe computational and classical viewpoints.”
James Higginbotham, University of SouthernCalifornia
"Michiel van Lambalgen and Fritz Hamm have written a magnificentbook on semantics of temporal discourse in natural languages...Their book introduces and applies an important new tool ofphilosophical analysis, and thus should be available in any good,analytically oriented philosophical library."