Informal Lectures on Formal Semantics

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SUNY Press, May 22, 1989 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 150 pages
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This book is an introduction to the current developments in model-theoretic semantics, which has become an essential part of the work in theoretical linguistics over the last decade. The author examines the model structure of Montague’s theory and then presents elaborations on this basic model that have been of particular importance in the last few years: generalized quantifiers, the introduction of more structure in the domain of individuals, properties as primitive elements in the model, situations and similar ‘smaller’ worldlike entities. Nothing is presupposed about knowledge of the mathematical and logical tools used in formal semantics, and Bach presents the informal with a minimum of formalism.
  

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Contents

Background and Beginning
1
Worlds Enough and Time
19
Nouns and Noun Phrases
33
Generalized Quantifiers
51
Kinds of Things
69
Properties and Other Matters
85
Situations and Other Smaller Worlds
101
Odds and Endings
119
Notes
131
References
135
Index
143
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Emmon Bach is Professor of Linguistics at the University of Massachusetts at Amherst.

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