Formal and Experimental Semantics
Chemla (Institut Jean-Nicod and LSCP) and Philippe Schlenker (Institut
Jean-Nicod & NYU)
Supérieure, Winter 2009
Post-doctorant, Institut Jean-Nicod & LSCP (DEC)
Recherche, Institut Jean-Nicod (DEC) & NYU
3 hours per week during 7 weeks
Meeting: November 23, 2009
Heim & Kratzer, Semantics in
Some experience with elementary logic and/or an introduction to
linguistics. In case of doubt, please contact the instructors by e-mail.
course will offer an intensive introduction to the formal and
experimental methods used in contemporary research on meaning. We
knowledge of meaning as knowledge of
. The goal of
is thus to uncover the rules that allow the speakers of a language to
under what conditions any sentence is true; or in other words, to
a theory of truth for natural
We will do so for fragments (i.e. simple formal
languages) that include: proper names, pronouns and predicates;
generalized quantifiers (e.g. some
); definite descriptions (the)
; and simple
and modal expressions. Special attention will be
to the division of labor between semantics and pragmatics, and we will
simplified analyses of presuppositions and implicatures. An unusual
feature of this course is that it will include several examples of experimental methods
investigate the semantic and pragmatic phenomena under consideration.
The course will be given in French, but the course materials will be in
-Do the readings and participate actively in class discussions.
-Homeworks will be assigned on a weekly basis. They may take a variety
forms: formal exercises, empirical investigations, article discussion,
-One short final paper is expected as well.
Semantics and Pragmatics at
Interpretations: Grammars, Models and Analyses)
To access the rest of this page (and
papers), you will need a password. (You
may send e-mail to the instructor to obtain it).
Password (write to the lecturer if you
have lost the password)