LINGUIST List 12.2559

Sat Oct 13 2001

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  1. Jaklin Kornfilt, Obituary for Philip Peterson

Message 1: Obituary for Philip Peterson

Date: Sat, 13 Oct 2001 16:43:20 -0400
From: Jaklin Kornfilt <>
Subject: Obituary for Philip Peterson

Philip L. Peterson, Professor of Philosophy at Syracuse University,
died on September 11, 2001. A good number of linguists have known him
over the years through his publications and his conference
presentations, especially those which touched upon topics of interest
to Linguistics. Peterson's research areas were Philosophy of Language
(quantifiers; propositions; event theory; meaning and reference;
speech acts; semantics), Epistemology, Existentialism, and
Aesthetics. He was the author of: Intermediate Quantifiers: Logic,
Linguistics, and Aristotelian Semantics (Ashgate, 2000), Fact,
Proposition, Event (Kluwer, 1997), and Concepts and Language (Mouton,
1973). He published more than fifty-five articles and gave over
sixty-five addresses in the U.S. and abroad on topics in epistemology,
logic, metaphysics, aesthetics, linguistics, and the philosophy of
language. In 1991, Peterson was Visiting Professor at the Catholic
University of Louvain (Belgium). In Spring 2000, he held the
Fulbright Chair in Philosophy of Language at the University of Venice.
Some of his papers touching on topics in linguistics are: "Syllogistic
Logic and the Grammar of Some English Quantifiers" Indiana University
Linguistics Club Publications, May 1988; "Event" with Kashi Wali,
Linguistic Analysis 1985; "Causation, Agency and Natural Actions"
Proceedings of the Chicago Linguistics Society, 1985, 21(2), 204-227
"Six Grammatical Hypotheses on Actions, Causes and 'Causes'" Indiana
University Linguistics Club Publications, July 1985 "Anaphoric
Reference to Facts, Propositions and Events" Linguistics and
Philosophy, 1982.
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