Linguist 230B: Advanced semantics and pragmatics

MeetingsTuTh 9:00-10:30 am
Location:240-110
Instructor:Christopher Potts
Office hours:Tue 11:00-12:00, Fri 2:00-3:30 &
by appointment
Office:460-101
Montagovian unicorns


Plan Assignment Reading
Apr 3 Foundations of formal semantics Assignment 1 [due Apr 10] Montague 1973: The proper treatment of quantification in ordinary English; Optional: Lewis 1970: General semantics
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10 Quantification and scope Assignment 2 [due Apr 17] Szabolcsi 2009: Quantification, §2; Optional: Reinhart 1997: Quantifier scope: how labor is divided between QR and choice functions, §1
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17 Type-shifting Assignment 3 [due Apr 24] Partee 1987: Noun phrase interpretation and type-shifting principles Optional: Jacobson 1999: Towards a variable-free semantics
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24 Modality Assignment 4 [due May 8] Kratzer 1981: The notional category of modality
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May 1 No class; Chris in Philadelphia Szabó 2010: Specific, yet opaque; Optional: Lewis 1979: Attitudes de dicto and de se
3 Scope and intensionality
8 Interrogatives Assignment 5 [due May 15] Karttunen 1977: Syntax and semantics of questions; Optional: Ginzburg 1996: Interrogatives: questions, facts, and dialogue
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15 Assignment 6 [due May 22]
17 Intonational meaning Büring 2007: Semantics, intonation, and information structure; Optional: Krifka 2001: For a structured meaning account of questions and answers
22 Dynamic semantics Assignment 7 [due May 29]
24 Groenendijk 1999: The logic of interrogation; Heim 1983: File change semantics and the familiarity theory of definiteness
29 Final projects due June 13, 3:15 pm
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Jun 5 Wrap-up Optional: Chung & Ladusaw 2004, §2: Indefinites in Maori

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