Compositionality in Formal Semantics: Selected Papers by Barbara H. Partee

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John Wiley & Sons, Apr 15, 2008 - Language Arts & Disciplines - 344 pages
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Compositionality in Formal Semantics is a collection of Barbara Partee’s papers that have been influential in the field but are not readily available and includes a new introductory essay in which Partee reflects on how her thinking and the field of semantics have developed over the past 35 years.

  • Brings together, in one volume, influential but difficult to find papers by one of the most important researchers in formal semantics.
  • Includes a new introductory essay in which Partee reflects on how her research and the field of semantics have developed over the past 35 years.
  • Discusses critical themes in semantic theory.
 

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Contents

1 Reflections of a Formal Semanticist
1
2 Opacity Coreference and Pronouns
26
3 Some Structural Analogies between Tenses and Pronouns in English
50
4 Toward the Logic of Tense and Aspect in English
59
5 Bound Variables and Other Anaphors
110
6 Anaphora and Semantic Structure
122
7 Compositionality
153
8 Genitives A Case Study
182
10 Noun Phrase Interpretation and Typeshifting Principles
203
11 The Airport Squib Any Almost and Superlatives
231
12 Many Quantifiers
241
13 Binding Implicit Variables in Quantified Contexts
259
14 Weak NPs in HaveSentences
282
15 Some Puzzles of Predicate Possessives
292
Index
316
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9 Ambiguous Pseudoclefts with Unambiguous Be
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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 Formal Semantics: The Essential Readings (edited with Paul Portner, Blackwell, 2002), Mathematical Methods in Linguistics (with Alice ter Meulen and Robert Wall, 1990), and Montague Grammar (edited, 1976).

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